Venus Williams advances to Australian Open final, sets up potential sister showdown

She will play the victor of the later semifinal match between her sister Serena and Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.

That year she was runner-up to her sister Serena Williams - the pair are drawn to meet in this year's final if they continue to win.

Williams broke Vandeweghe to take a 2-1 lead, then broke her again to go up 4-1 when Vandeweghe made two double-faults in a row.

Serena and Venus Williams swept through their last-four matches at the Australian Open on Thursday, setting up a retro family final that will be their ninth meeting in a grand slam title decider.

Now, only days after shocking the tennis world by dismantling world No. 1 Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-2, 6-3 in round 16, the unseeded Vandeweghe will face her former childhood tennis idol Wednesday night in an All-American matchup of the semifinals at the Australian Open.

The video of Venus' victory celebration went viral, as she jumped around the court like a little kid on the last day of school.

The 36-year-old Williams beat No. 24-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 7-6 (3) on Tuesday, becoming the oldest player to reach the semifinals here in the Open era.

Venus plays fellow American Coco Vandeweghe in the other semi-final. Serena came out on top 7-6 (3), 6-2 against Venus.

The 35-year-old Federer, meanwhile, is back from a six-month injury layoff due to left knee surgery.

On Wednesday, the men's semifinalists from the other side of the draw will be determined when 14-time major victor Rafael Nadal plays Milos Raonic and David Goffin takes on Grigor Dimitrov.

But Venus ended her incredible run with a chest-thumping victory to keep the dream final between the William sisters (Venus vs Serena) alive.

"I probably just wanted to do really well", Konta said.

The quarter-final will hardly be remembered as a classic, with both Williams and Pavlyuchenkova surrendering serve with alarming regularity, despite ideal conditions for tennis at Rod Laver Arena.

Surprise, surprise: The next Grand Slam trophy is going home with a Williams sister.

As ESPN noted, it is nearly hard to remember now that just six years ago, Venus was diagnosed with Sjogren's syndrome, an autoimmune disease that severely truncated her ability to train.

"Everybody has their moment in the sun; maybe mine has gone for a while". No matter what, I get out there and I compete.

"I feel good that I won", Venus said after the match.

"I have a lot to give, I have a lot to give to the game". I've been through a lot.

  • Rosalie Stanley