One of the most entertaining rivalries in women’s tennis took a surprising turn at the recent Rogers Cup in Canada. With top ranked Serena Williams having beaten her sister Venus in their last 5 meetings in a WTA event, fortune fell the other way this time around, with Venus taking the match in 3 sets.
The first set went according to what fans would expect given Serena’s #1 ranking and Venus’ less impressive 26. The set went into a tiebreaker before Serena took control and claimed it. At this point, I fully thought that the elder, less physically imposing Venus was finished.
But she wasn’t! Venus fought back with a passion that can only erupt through vibrant a sibling rivalry! She took total control of the match as Serena began making careless errors and became frustrated. Venus was able to close out the match in two less competitive sets and progress to the Rogers Cup final.
Although Venus Williams would succumb to Agnieszka Radwanska in straight sets in the final, she was able to showcase to the world that her career can still remain impressive for the near future, and that regardless of rankings she is certainly a player capable of defeating her sister, who typically dominates her opposition. I am looking ahead to the 2014 US Open with great excitement about what Venus will be able to do. She hasn’t won a Grand Slam title since beating her sister for Wimbledon 2008, but if she can rediscover a power that was on full display at the Rogers Cup, we might just see the elder Williams’ sister make a stunning run at the final. Now that would be an exciting thrill! Get your US Open tickets here with Championship Tennis Tours!
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