Serena to win the battle of the Williams sisters again
The Williams sisters - Serena and Venus - play each other for the 24th time in a competitive match in the season-ending Sony Ericsson Championships final in Doha.
11-time Grand Slam winner Serena leads the head-to-head record 13-10 and she is priced at 8/13 to improve her record to 14-10 over her elder sister. Venus is a 6/5 shot to win and retain the title she won last year.
The tournament has been dogged by injuries with four players pulling out through injury including Caroline Wozniacki in her semi against Serena. The young Dane had been suffering with cramp all week and despite a bright start had to finally succumb to her injury problems and retire.
World number one Dinara Safina also was affected by injury as she only managed one game in her opening match against Jelena Jankovic before having to retire and thus withdraw from the tournament. Her withdrawal coupled with Serena's good form means that come Monday Serena will once again be world number one, regardless of the result in Sunday's final, and end the year at the top of the rankings.
She will also want to end the year on a winning note and there is no doubting her credentials as she has been by far the best player on the tour this year including winning two Grand Slams. She is bidding to win the WTA Tour Championships for a second time after winning them way back in 2001.
Serena has a perfect record in this year's event as she sailed through the round robin stage dropping just a single set. Ironically that was against her sister Venus as she won 5-7, 6-4, 7-6.
Another three-set win to Serena looks a good value bet at 13/5. In the last ten matches between the sisters there have been eight tie breaks so the 5/1 about there being a tie break in the first set looks a tad too big.
A win for Serena would be her fourth consecutive victory against her sister, but for this to happen she will have to refocus her mind after the pair played with each other in the doubles semi-final after playing their singles semi-finals. They lost the doubles so both will be keen to end their season on a high and if the match goes to form there can only be one winner - Serena.
|Head-to-head stats - how do these two players compare?|
|Serena Williams||Name||Venus Williams|
|2||WTA Championships seed||7|
|2||Current WTA ranking||7|
|1 (8 July 2002)||Career high WTA ranking||1 (25 February 2002)|
|26 September 1981||Birth date||17 June 1980|
|Saginaw, Michigan||Birth place||Lynwood, California|
|Palm Beach Gardens, Florida||Residence||Palm Beach Gardens, Florida|
|5'9" (175 cm)||Height||6'1" (185 cm)|
|150 lbs (68 kg)||Weight||160 lbs (72.5 kg)|
|2||YTD singles titles||2|
|45-12||YTD singles won-lost||36-13|
|$4,623,711||YTD prize money||$2,250,019|
|34||Career singles titles||41|
|444-97||Career singles won-lost||551-134|
|$26,585,118||Career prize money||$24,190,115|
|11||Grand Slam titles||7|
|Best Grand Slam results|
|Winner (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009)||Australian Open||Final (2003)|
|Winner (2002)||French Open||Final (2002)|
|Winner (2002, 2003, 2009)||Wimbledon||Winner (2000-01, 2005, 2007-08)|
|Winner (1999, 2002, 2008)||US Open||Winner (2000, 2001)|
|2009||WTA Tour Championships||Hard||Group||Serena||5-7, 6-4, 7-6|
|2009||WTA Miami||Hard||SF||Serena||6-4, 3-6, 6-3|
|2009||WTA Dubai||Hard||SF||Venus||6-1, 2-6, 7-6|
|2008||WTA Tour Championships||Hard||Group||Venus||5-7, 6-1, 6-0|
|2008||US Open||Hard||QF||Serena||7-6, 7-6|
|2008||WTA Bangalore||Hard||SF||Serena||6-3, 3-6, 7-6|
|2005||US Open||Hard||R16||Venus||7-6, 6-2|
|2005||WTA Miami||Hard||QF||Venus||6-1, 7-6|
|2003||Wimbledon||Grass||Final||Serena||4-6, 6-4, 6-2|
|2003||Australian Open||Hard||Final||Serena||7-6, 3-6, 6-4|
|2002||US Open||Hard||Final||Serena||6-4, 6-3|
|2002||French Open||Clay||Final||Serena||7-5, 6-3|
|2002||WTA Miami||Hard||SF||Serena||6-2, 6-2|
|2001||US Open||Hard||Final||Venus||6-2, 6-4|
|2001||WTA Indian Wells||Hard||SF||Serena||W/O|
|1999||Grand Slam Cup||Hard||Final||Serena||6-1, 3-6, 6-3|
|1999||WTA Miami||Hard||Final||Venus||6-1, 4-6, 6-4|
|1998||WTA Italian Open||Clay||QF||Venus||6-4, 6-2|
|1998||Australian Open||Hard||R64||Venus||7-6, 6-1|