Come Saturday afternoon, long time rivals and best friends, Venus and Serena Williams will face off for the 25th time in their legendary careers. The two are playing in Montreal for the first time in many years, it's the first time for Venus in her career actually, and things have shaped up to be one heck of a match from these two tennis icons. It wasn't very long ago that this matchup was happening with regularity, and although the tennis has never been of the highest quality, this clash of the titans has always been of prime intrigue.
In their quarterfinal matches, both sisters had to dig out of a hole; Venus lost her first set against the tricky Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro and Serena lost the first set as well when playing her good friend from Denmark, Caroline Wozniacki.
Serena was first up on Stade Uniprix and she came out pretty flat, going down a break quickly and never really getting her game going. As the match progressed, Serena would start to find her range but her opponent was just too good; Wozniacki would go up a break in the second set. Things were moving along in Wozniacki's favor until the 4-2 game where Serena finally broke serve and was on level terms for the first time in the match, things changed after that. Serena was able to pick her game up and really get gritty; she would win the second set after breaking Wozniacki in the 5-6 game. Now the third set was equally as tough for both players, but Serena was always just a little bit ahead and the scoreboard pressure eventually caught up with Wozniacki; serving at 5-6, Serena dug in and played an impressive game to break and win the match.
Big sister Venus suffered the same fate of Serena by losing the opening set due to unforced errors early on. Her opponent Suarez Navarro was playing incredibly well, she took out French Open champion Maria Sharapova in the previous round with some superb play, and that superb play continued in her match against Venus. Raking the court with that beautiful one-handed backhand, Suarez Navarro claimed the opening set and had Venus reeling. A seemingly inspired and deliberate Venus, threw caution to the wind and really took it to her Spanish opponent; Venus would belt forehands and backhands, taking so much time away from her opponent and before you knew it, they were in a third set. Venus kept up that high level, and although falling down an early break, she continued to play well and putting constant pressure on her opponent; Venus finally reached Matchpoint and when the dust was finally settled, she raised her hands in exuberance.
So it's settled, Venus versus Serena, Serena versus Venus, Williams versus Williams; whichever way you want to look at it, it's a clashing of two of the games greatest. It's a matchup of where two players aren't bitter enemies but loving friends. It's a matchup that should be appreciated and treasured because the frequency of third matchup is no longer regular, and that's what makes it that much more interesting. #VenusSerenaXXV