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Venus Williams To Face Serena Williams At Wimbledon
"Wimbledon Picks" - Day 12

By Tripp Mateschitz, Lawn Tennis Correspondent, Posted: Friday, July 4, 2008 11:15pm CST USA
Venus Williams To Face Serena Williams At Wimbledon, Rafael Nadal
Serena Williams and Venus Williams
LONDON, England (lawntennismag.com)óDefending ladies' singles Wimbledon champion Venus Williams of the USA is set to meet her toughest rival, her younger sister and two-time champion Serena Williams in the ladies' final Saturday.

Each player will be playing to improve her overall standings in tennis history as Venus and Serena have won the singles title four and two times respectively.

A win for Venus would push her to a total of 5 singles crowns and only two wins away from tying Steffi Graf of Germany's 7 singles titles. Martina Navratilova of the former Czech Republic holds the ladies' singles' Wimbledon title record with 9 overall wins.

But before any possible win, Venus Williams would need to produce top level tennis to defeat Serena Wiliams who is playing some of her best tennis this year for a WTA Tour best record of 31-3.

Serena Williams (USA)[6] vs Venus Williams (USA)[7]

Venus won the sisters' first meeting 10 years ago at the Australian Open by overpowering Serena and keeping a low error count.

Serena since then has taken a lead head to head 8-7 and also won their last meeting at Bangalore, India 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(7-4).

A win for Venus would push her to a total of 5 singles crowns and only two wins away from tying Steffi Graf of Germany's 7 singles titles.

Venus Williams however has not won a tournament since taking this title exactly one year ago. But if you could pick one tournament at which to peak, Wimbledon would certainly be it. Venus' best shot is her first serve which is a major reason for her grass court success. She holds the record for the fastest serve in main draw play on the WTA Tour at 129 miles per hour.

Serena has the better second serve, but on grass the first serve is much more important if you can use it to set up an easy second shot. If Venus serves well, it will be very difficult for Serena to break serve. Once the point is started I think Serena may be playing somewhat more consistent tennis than Venus this week, but that won't matter if Venus is hitting unreturnable serves as she did more last year at Wimbledon than she has done this year.
Winner: Venus Williams

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