Wimbledon: Venus vs. Serena Williams through the years
When Venus and Serena Williams clash Monday at Wimbledon it will be their 26th career meeting overall and sixth at the All England Club. Not since 2005 at the US Open have they met as early as the fourth round at a Grand Slam and it's their first meeting in London since Serena beat Venus in the 2009 final – marking the longest span between Wimbledon battles.
It will mark the first time the Williams sisters do battle outside the final here since 2000, when Venus won their first encounter in the semifinals.
Here, a rundown of their five Wimbledon battles and how they unfolded.
2000 semifinals: Venus def. Serena, 6-2, 7-6(3)
"They were both miserable." That's how Chris Evert described the scene on NBC after Venus' win, their first of any true significance at a Grand Slam. Venus was still searching for her first major (she'd get it two days later against Lindsay Davenport), and Serena was still finding a middle ground for her powerful game.
2002 final: Serena def. Venus, 7-6(4), 6-3
It was their second consecutive meeting in a Grand Slam final and third in four majors, as well as the second leg of Serena's famous "Serena Slam," a span in which she beat Venus in four consecutive major finals between 2002 and 2003. It marked the third consecutive year a Williams sister had held up the winner's Venus Rosewater Dish, only this was a first for Serena.
2003 final: Serena def. Venus, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
Another year, another Williams sisters final, the fifth in six Slams played. Serena arrived at Wimbledon having lost to Justine Henin in a dramatic (and now infamous) French Open semifinal, but won through seven matches once again, the final against Venus, who played with injuries to her abdomen, hip and leg. It's one of just 10 out of their 25 meetings that has gone three sets.
2008 final: Venus def. Serena 7-5, 6-4
Venus had proved her Grand Slam staying power at Wimbledon the year prior with her first major win in two years (beating Marion Bartoli), but this was perhaps her best and biggest win over little sister, capturing a fifth Wimbledon title and – to date – her most recent Slam. "She's going to have to learn how to suck things up," said
Oracene Price, the Williams' mother, of Serena. "Say, 'OK, I'm not going to win everything.'"
2009 final: Serena def. Venus 7-6(3), 6-2
It turned out Serena didn't like not winning everything, however. After that 2008 Wimbledon final loss, Serena fell to Venus just twice in eight matches, this final among five matches played between the sisters in 2009, the most of any year. Venus, once again, was heavily taped. Serena fell to her knees at the baseline to celebrate, and she's won twice more at Wimbledon since: in 2010 and in 2012.
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