Australian Open 2017: Serena And Venus In Grand Slam Final

Australian Open 2017: Serena And Venus In Grand Slam Final

Australian Open 2017 women's singles final schedule: Serena Williams vs Venus Williams.

There's plenty on the line between these two great champions and it's being eagerly anticipated. "Like I said from the beginning, I don't really talk about that any more", Serena said when pressed on what breaking the Graf record would mean.

Here are some fascinating figures to get yourself in the mood... That means one of them is about to be the oldest female grand slam victor. And no-one has more respect for Venus Williams than Serena Williams.

"He's a player that has an unbelievable talent, unbelievable potential", Nadal said in Australia.

Venus admits her sister doesn't have many weaknesses in her game to exploit, but she is up for the challenge.

"It would be handsome", Venus said of the chance to win her first Slam since she won her fifth Wimbledon crown in 2008. Navratilova was 37, years 258 days at the end of Wimbledon that year.

The last time they played each other was in the quarterfinals of the US Open, a match that Serena won.

Serena wants history; Venus wants one last chance.

At her press conference Thursday after defeating 25-year-old American CoCo Vandeweghe, Venus said she knows she'll have her hands full facing her dominant baby sister.

Serena Williams doesn't think there can be a loser when she meets sister Venus in the Australian Open final
Australian Open 2017: Serena And Venus In Grand Slam Final

2009 - Venus' last Slam final.

With a record 23rd Grand Slam title on the line, it's hard to see past Serena marching on when the two meet on Saturday.

Serena expressed similar thoughts about Venus after dismissing another resurrected thirtysomething in Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, 34, who was in her first Grand Slam semifinal since 1999 at Wimbledon.

The pair met in the 2003 final, which Serena won in three sets.

Winning the title would also mean a return to world No. 1, snatching the crown back after Angelique Kerber deposed her past year. The last, at Wimbledon, was won by Serena, who leads 6-2 in those duels at the top. The Australian Open final will be their 28th meeting overall.

After the match, Williams paid tribute to her opponent by dubbing her a future Australian Open champion. "I" m really happy for her".

Serena has done well in Melbourne (Picture: Getty)2006 - The only year neither of them made a Slam final since winning their first major.

The unseeded Croat was among a crop of teen talents emerging at the same time as the Williams sisters in the 1990s, along with Martina Hingis and Anna Kournikova.

42 - The number of Slam finals they've both been in.


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