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Rupert Wyman 31st Oct 2009 - 21:19

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)
Right-handed Plays Right-handed
1995 Turned professional 1994
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)
Previous meetings
Year Tournament Surface Round Winner Score
2009 WTA Tour Championships Hard Group Serena 5-7, 6-4, 7-6
2009 Wimbledon Grass Final Serena 7-6, 6-2
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 Wimbledon Grass Final Venus 7-5, 6-4
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 Wimbledon Grass Final Serena 7-6, 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
2000 Wimbledon Grass SF Venus 6-2, 7-6
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



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