Competitors on the Court, Sisters Off

By Kennedy Oliver-Sorrell

Serena Williams took the win over older sister Venus in an intense match this past weekend at the Australian Open.

The competition throughout the Australian Open has been anything but less of exciting. Especially with the anticipated match between the Williams sisters who have both individually created household names for themselves in the tennis world.

By winning the match with scores of 4-6, 4-6, Serena becomes the most decorated tennis player for the Aussie open with 23 titles beating former title carrier Steffi Graf. This win also ensures the 35-yr old top rank in the world of women’s tennis once again after losing it last year at the U.S. Open.

Even though this win is history making for Serena, she still took time to appreciate her opponent and dedicated the possibility of winning because of her sister’s efforts.

“This was a tough one — I really would like to take this moment to congratulate Venus. She’s an amazing person. There’s no way I’d be at 23 without her. She’s my inspiration and the only reason I’m standing here today. Thanks for inspiring me to be the best player I can be.”

The Williams’ careers started back in the early ’80’s ( 1980 for Venus and 1981 for Serena), both coached by their parents which lead to successful careers for both women. Over the course of said careers, they have met nine times in Grand Slam single finals and were the first tennis players out of both genders to compete in four Grand Slam titles in the years 2002-2003. In addition, made another first by being sisters to hold rankings of No.1 and No. 2 in the world.

There’s no doubt that these two have an admirable, healthy competitive streak between them but keep an amicable loving relationship off the court. It was evident when they embraced one another after the match.

That moment captured reiterates that despite the number of awards and titles that their love for the game does not exceed their love for another.

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