Venus and Serena Williams’ 21-Year Broadcast Record Gets Finally Broken As NWSL Final Creates History

Venus and Serena Williams have changed the course of sporting history and captured the hearts of countless fans, particularly in the United States. The popularity they enjoyed during their early playing days influenced people differently. The two of them were entertainers and massive crowd pullers; whether they played against each other in singles or teamed up in doubles. As a testament to this fact, history was made when the legendary sisters competed for the US Open crown in 2001. A similar transcendence is currently happening in women’s soccer, 22 years since the Williams sisters changed the course of women’s tennis.

Which record of Venus and Serena Williams was recently broken?

In 2001, Venus and Serena Williams‘ US Open final was telecasted on primetime by CBS for the first time, ushering in a new era for women’s sports. The record was standing until today. 

The recently concluded NWSL championship game broke the record set in the 2001 US Open.

Women's soccer is one of the fastest growing sport in the US.

The NWSL championship game was telecasted live during prime time on CBS Sports. The first time CBS covered a women’s sports finals was back in 2001 when the Williams sisters were at the peak of their career and playing the finals at Flushing Meadows. Now, that record was broken by women’s soccer, one of the fastest growing sports in the United States, in terms of fan engagement and viewership.

Venus Williams’ victory over Serena.

The Williams sisters competed against each another in the US Open championship match back in 2001. After winning her first US Open championship in 2000, the Venus was the clear favorite at that time. As expected, the reigning champion defeated her sister in straight sets in a fairly uncomplicated match for the seven-time Grand Slam champion.

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