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Venus beats little sister, causes big upset

34-year old Williams records first win over World No.1 Serena in five years to advance to Montreal final; meets Radwanska.

By: Reuters | Montreal |
August 11, 2014 3:16:59 am
Clashes between the sisters have become rare and their meeting in Montreal was just the second since the 2009 Tour championships. (Source: AP) Clashes between the sisters have become rare and their meeting in Montreal was just the second since the 2009 Tour championships. (Source: AP)

Venus Williams beat Serena 6-7(2) 6-2 6-3 on Saturday to register the first win over her top ranked sibling in five years and move into the Rogers Cup final in Montreal.

The meeting marked the 25th time the sisters had squared off but the first time Venus had come out on top since a 2009 semi-finals encounter in Dubai.

World number one Serena holds a 14-11 lead in their head-to-heads after coming out on top in their previous five encounters, including the 2009 Wimbledon final. Clashes between the pair, which at one time were an almost regular occurrence, have become rare and their meeting in Montreal was just the second since the 2009 Tour championships.

“It was a tough match out there,” said Venus, who will  meet Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska in Sunday’s final. Third seed Radwanska beat Ekaterina Makarova of Russia 7-6(1) 7-6(3) to advance to her second final of the year.

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‘Little Excitement’

While a Williams-Williams matchup is one tennis fans have always looked forward to, for the sisters it is something they could live without.

There was little excitement when the match was over, the two players walking slowly to the net and hugging briefly.

Venus’s reaction at ending her sister’s Rogers Cup title defense was muted as she turned and offered a small wave to the crowd before slumping into her courtside chair and staring blankly across the court.

If losing to her sister stung Serena, she hid it well. “For me it was just a regular match,” she shrugged. “Obviously she’s my sister but I still want to go out there and try to play well and try to win.

“I think Venus played a great match. It was what it was. Obviously I always want her to do the best that she can. I want to do the best that I can, too.

“I just got to do better, that’s all.”

In the other semi, neither player broke serve in the opening set, but Radwanska broke twice in the second to serve for the match at 5-4.

However, she was broken a second time herself and the set went to a tiebreak, where Radwanska prevailed to gain revenge for her fourth round defeat by Makarova at Wimbledon.

“I think it was a great match, two hours of fighting and long rallies and tight games,” she said.

“I had to really run a lot to win that match because she’s so good. I think I was just better on a few points today.”

Sania-Cara in final

Sania Mirza and Cara Black survived a thriller in the semifinals as they carved out a hard-earned 7-6(3) 3-6 13-11 victory to set up a Rogers Cup doubles final against top-seeded Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci.

The fourth seeded Indo-Zimbabwean pair knocked out the second seeded Hsieh Su-wei of Chinese Taipei and China’s Peng Shuai in a contest that lasted an hour and 50 minutes.

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