(13) Venus Williams (USA) vs (2) Serena Williams (USA)
It’s a throwback to a decade ago when the Williams sisters were regulars in the last match of a major. For the first time since Wimbledon 2009, it’s Venus and Serena facing off in a grand slam final. Whilst Serena has remained at the top of her game over the past decade, Venus has struggled with form and injuries but has finally found fitness again and is now once again playing great tennis.
This will be the ninth time that the Williams sisters will have faced each other in a grand slam final. Historically, Serena holds the upper hand in these matches with a 6-2 record over her older sister in the major finals. Serena has won the Australian Open on six previous occasions whereas Venus has once previously made the final (in 2003).
The matchup itself will be very intriguing. Both have similar game styles and obviously know each other’s game exceptionally well. Whilst both have a similar game, it’s Serena who has generally had the edge over Venus in previous matches.
How Venus will win…
Venus will need to own the baseline and pick the right points to advance and finish the points off in the front half of the court or at the net. She will need to take Serena’s time away and not allow her to take control of the rallies. Like Serena, Venus also possesses a very good serve but she will need to be aggressive on the return to have any chance.
How Serena will win…
Serena will look to control the points from the back of the court and make Venus do all the moving. Watch Serena try and take the ball early and move her taller sister around the court and overpower her to take control of the match.
Venus is in great form at the moment and deservedly has a spot in another major final. However Serena has typically had the edge over her sister and has a terrific record here in Australia. Their record against each other is skewed in favour of Serena, particularly in major finals. I think she will be too strong for Venus and claim her seventh Australian Open.
Serena in straight sets.