Venus and Serena Williams both won their third round matches at Wimbledon, which means they will have to compete against each other in the fourth round. This will be the first time the Williams sisters will face each other at Wimbledon since 2009. The two have met 25 times in their careers. Going into their 26th match against each other, Serena hold a 14-11 score above her sister. Although the last time the sisters met in Montreal, Venus took the victory.
So far, Serena has won a tough three set match with Great Britain player, Heather Watson (6-2, 4-6, 7-5). What had seemed to be an easy match after the first round, actually proved to be a killer to beat. Serena had to make a comeback in the end in order to push through it. The 35 Grand Slam Wimbledon champion was down 3-0 in the third set before she fought to win four straight games to get the match back on serve. She was at 4-4 before she broke Watson’s final two service games to win the match.
Venus’s journey through her third round was much smoother, requiring less time and effort than Serena’s. The 22 Grand Slam titleholder swiftly beat out her competitor, Aleksandra Krunic, in straight sets (6-3, 6-2). Although Serena had a difficult match, she will have two full days of rest to recharge before the sisters face off. Venus will have to get past her well-rested sister in order to reach her first Wimbledon quarterfinal since 2010.
The Williams sisters both have five Wimbledon titles each, two of the best to ever play in the competition.
Monday’s William sister matchup at the All England House will be the headlining match of the day, seeing as the two legendary tennis pros never fail to entertain, especially when facing each other. Their last Wimbledon match in 2009 resulted in a Serena victory in straight sets (7-6, 6-2). Serena also leads 3-2 in head-to-head matches with Venus at Wimbledon. The sister’s fourth round match on Monday will be the earliest the two have ever met at Wimbledon.
Despite Serena’s past victories against her sister at Wimbledon, she is not too confident about this one, “She’s in better form than I am. She has a bit of an advantage going into our match, but at least one of us will be in the quarterfinals.”