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Published: Fri, January 27, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Australian Open Final: Williams vs. Williams


A vintage Venus Williams powered past Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and into her third Australian Open semi-final on Tuesday, becoming the oldest woman to make a Grand Slam last four in 23 years.

Venus Williams, 36, is the oldest player to reach an Australian Open women's final in the modern era - and the oldest player to reach the finals of any major since Martina Navratilova at Wimbledon in 1994.

For the first time in eight years, Venus and Serena Williams will battle against each other in the finals of a Grand Slam, one of the most important tournaments in tennis.

Vandeweghe advanced to play her first major semifinal, using a powerful forehand to dictate play against French Open champion Garbine Muguruza in a 6-4, 6-0 win.

Vandeweghe proved hard to shake, though, and the unseeded 25-year-old, who had previously claimed the scalps of three seeds, including No1 Angelique Kerber and No7 Garbiñe Muguruza, among her wins this tournament, showed sporadic indications of what she is capable of.

It will be the first time the sisters have played in a final since Serena won at Wimbledon in 2009. I feel a little bit in shock right now.

"I just tried to play my best and stay within myself", Vandeweghe said. It's like more than a cherry on top, more than I dreamed of.

"She finally cracked and then once I got rolling in the second it was like a freight train, you couldn't stop it".

"I sought after her for an autograph way back when, there was a tournament in La Costa in California". What ultimately was a 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-3 victory was powered by Williams saving 12 of 13 break points. "I try and behave the best, but it's a work in progress", she said.

The sisters last met in a final in 2009 when Serena claimed the title at Wimbledon with a straight sets win at the All England Club but it was Venus who took the early headlines on Australia Day.

Serena Williams booked a final against her sister with a ruthless 6-2 6-1 demolition of Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.

Mirjana Lucic-Baroni beat American qualifier Jennifer Brady 6-4, 6-2 and will next play U.S. Open finalist Karolina Pliskova, who had a 6-3, 6-3 win over Daria Gavrilova.

"I want to dictate, but the way she was playing, it was nearly impossible to do so".

"Oh my gosh I'm so excited", said Williams after closing out the one hour and 48-minute match. "I mean, a year ago I came here and I didn't even win a match, so here I am now".

Vandeweghe, 11 years Williams' junior, will face an opponent she used to idolise as a girl and once asked for an autograph.

"A total inspiration", Serena said in her on-court interview of her sister.

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