Australian Open: All-Williams final as Serena faces sister Venus

(CNN)On Australia Day at the Australian Open, Americans ruled in the women’s semifinals.

More specifically, two resilient, legendary players who’ve long carried the torch for US tennis — Serena and Venus Williams.
And the result is a tantalizing, first grand slam final between the siblings — who own a combined 29 majors in careers that have spanned three decades — in eight years.
“This is probably the moment of our careers so far,” Serena told reporters. “For me, I can definitely say for me.
“I never lost hope for us being able to play each other in a (grand slam) final although it was hard because we’re usually on the same side of the draw.”




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The 79th-ranked 34-year-old — a former teen prodigy who moved to the US after she said she was abused by her father — emerged as one of the stories of the tournament when she landed in a first grand semifinal in 18 years.
Lucic-Baroni, though, didn’t appear to be overly disconsolate in defeat: She took a selfie before departing the court.
Those at Rod Laver Arena on Saturday might be doing the same in a dream final not many forecast given Venus’ struggles.
It could be the last such occasion. Or maybe not.
“Never say never,” Serena said. “Look at us now.”

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