The Williams sisters rivalry in numbers

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Who will win the 2017 Australian Open?

The incredible American sisters, Serena and Venus Williams, will face each other in Saturday’s Australian Open showpiece, having last contested a slam final at Wimbledon in 2009.

Seldom has sport seen two siblings achieve such success and here, we look at some of the staggering numbers behind the sisters’ dynasty.

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44 – Saturday’s match will be the 44th grand slam final the pair have contested either together or against another player. It will be Serena’s 29th and Venus’ 15th.

22 – Serena’s current total of grand slam wins. She sits tied with Steffi Graf as the second-most decorated player of all-time. Margaret Court leads the way with 24, but 23 for Serena would be the best in the Open era.

7 – Slams won by Venus, the last being Wimbledon in 2008 when she beat Serena in two sets. Since then, struggles with Sjogren’s syndrome – an autoimmune disease – have slowed her down.

9 – Saturday will be the ninth meeting between them in slam finals, Serena leads that rivalry 6-2.

71 – Their combined aged – Venus is 36 and Serena 35 – make this the oldest women’s grand slam in the Open era, with Venus the oldest Australian finalist.

27 – Total career meetings, with Serena ahead 16-11.

13 – Slams won together in doubles.

120 – Career singles titles, with Serena winning 71 and Venus 49.

92 – Million pounds of career earnings, Serena with £65m and Venus £27m.

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REACTION: Federer reaches Aus Open final

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Wawrinka forced a decider from two sets down on Rod Laver Arena but Federer held his nerve to win 7-5 6-3 1-6 4-6 6-3 and advance to his 28th major final.

It means Federer, at 35, is the oldest man to reach a grand slam final since the 39-year-old Ken Rosewall made it to the last hurdle at the US Open in 1974.

He will now face either his old foe Rafael Nadal or the resurgent Grigor Dimitrov, who play in the other semi-final on Friday.

"I couldn't be happier right now," Federer said on court afterwards.
"Everything happened so quickly, I had to check the score after the match was over, I was like, 'is it all real?'



"It feels amazing. I never felt in my wildest dreams I would be coming this far in Australia. It's beautiful."




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IN PICS: Williams sisters join top-10 oldest Grand Slam finalists

Sport360 staff 26/01/2017

Unstoppable Serena Williams zeroed in on a record-breaking 23rd Grand Slam title Thursday by setting up an Australian Open final against her older sister Venus, as the siblings' dream came true.

The ruthless world number two proved one step too far for unseeded Croat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, whose fairytale tournament was finally ended in a crushing 6-2, 6-1 defeat in just 50 minutes.

In swatting aside the 34-year-old, in their first meeting since 1998, Serena, 35, stayed on track for a seventh Australian title which would take her past Steffi Graf's Open-era record of 22 major wins.

Only Venus stands in the way after the elder Williams rolled back the years to beat fellow American Coco Vandeweghe 6-7 (3/7), 6-2, 6-3 in the other semi-final. It opened another chapter in their eventful family history as they meet for their ninth Grand Slam final on Saturday, eight years after the last at Wimbledon in 2009. Serena won that one and holds a 6-2 advantage. Not only that, it launched Venus to sixth on the all-time list of the oldest Grand Slam finalists in history, aged 36 years, seven months and nine days on the day of her semi-final victory. Serena's victory also saw her enter the top-ten of eldest Slam finalists at exactly 35 years and 4 months old. As you can see here, they are the second and third oldest female finalists at Slams, while the majority of this Open Era list is dominated by Ken Rosewall who features no less than six times. All stats in this piece were supplied by Sport360's tennis statistician, Shyam Sundar.

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