Venus Williams reaches Australian Open final after 14 years

Both of the Williams sisters have been seemingly down for the count so many times only to get back up over the past two decades, it is impossible to say what their futures in tennis might hold.

"I'm very happy with starting the year this way, putting validation to the hard work that I've put in, in the off-season, the sacrifices, all the good stuff like that", she added. "Anytime you feel that way, you continue".

"I'm just so excited that I have another opportunity to play again".

22-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams put on an efficient display against Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, winning, 6-2, 6-1 to book her eighth Australian Open final appearance, where she'll play sister Venus Williams in the first all-Williams final in Melbourne since 2003. Her toughest competition was No. 27 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who she beat in the quarterfinals.

Coco Vandeweghe's face looked like a gathering thunderstorm after her Australian Open semi-final loss to Venus Williams on Thursday and the 25-year-old American said it took a visit from her coach and support staff to snap her out of it.

Bob and Mike Bryan reached their 10th Australian Open final with a 7-6 6-3 win over Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

"My expectation was not to play Stan Wawrinka in the semis".

She's now the oldest Australian Open singles finalist of the modern era and the second oldest to play a Grand Slam final.

Only he didn't expect to be anywhere near the semifinals. "I don't shy away from a challenge necessarily". "I don't think I'm chump change, either".




Another tournament surprise has been No. 35 Vandeweghe.

Vandeweghe was seen as the black horse of the tournament after beating top players like Eugenie Bouchard, Angelique Kerber and Gabrine Muguruza to reach the semifinals.

Vandeweghe followed it up with an even more convincing performance against Muguruza, winning 6-4, 6-0, in 83 minutes.

Williams dropped four service games against Pavlyuchenkova, but she responded each time by breaking back.

The sisters have met competitively on 27 occasions, with Serena leading the head-to-head 16-11. "You couldn't stop it".

Williams' first serve was not prolific but lethal, with Konta able only to win three of the 26 points when it found its target.

The other Williams sister did not want to be left far behind. The win over his opponent Mischa Zverev was Federer's 85th in an Australian Open, making it the most successful Grand Slam tournament of his career.

Veterans flourished in the men's doubles where Bob and Mike Bryan reached the final as they chase their 17th major title and first since 2014.

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