(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.”
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.”