“That’s the Dream”: Venus Williams Reminisces Facing Sister Serena Williams

Published 04/20/2021, 11:30 AM EDT
Serena Williams of The United States is congratulated by her sister and opponant Venus Williams of The United States following their ladies singles third round match on Day Five of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)


Venus Williams didn’t get off to a great start in the 2021 season. She got eliminated in the second round of the Australian Open 2021 and unlike her sister Serena Williams, she hasn’t been able to enjoy good form. She’ll soon begin a clay-court campaign soon and will look forward to getting some wins under her belt there.

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In a recent video, Venus Williams was going through all her sports outfits that she’s worn in her career. She was recollecting her memories and surprisingly found out the outfit that she wore at the US Open 2002 too!

Interestingly, it was also the first time when she faced her sister Serena Williams in the finals of the US Open.

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“That’s 2002 US Open (pointing to the outfit). That’s the first time Serena and I played in the US Open final against each other. That was the first time of many,” said Venus in the video.

Even after 18 years, Venus hasn’t forgotten the time she faced her sister for the first time at the US Open; the memories remain well-preserved. Moreover, it was certainly the beginning of the era of dominance of the two sisters in the sport.

“At one time, we ended up playing five Grand Slams finals in a row against each other. That’s the dream. That’s all I can say,” added the 7-time Grand Slam champion.

Serena Williams v Venus Williams: Head-to-Head

The Williams’ sisters have faced off each other a total of 31 times in their careers so far. Interestingly, the younger sister Serena leads the battle 19-12. They first met in the round of 64 at the Australian Open 1998, in which Venus conquered Serena in straight sets.

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Serena Williams (L) and Venus Williams touch rackets after Serena Williams defeated Venus Williams 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 during Top Seed Open – Day 4 at the Top Seed Tennis Club on August 13, 2020, in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

The two encountered each other in the final of the French Open 2002 and continued to clash in the finals of Majors till Wimbledon 2003. What was completely terrific was that Serena managed to win all the 5 Grand Slam finals in this period.

Four years back, Serena and Venus again met in the final of the Australian Open 2017 where Serena lifted her 23rd Grand Slam title. Their last encounter was at the Rome Masters 2019, where Venus emerged victorious.

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Both Serena and Venus are true ambassadors of the sport. They both are inspirations to many youngsters and have taken tennis to a new level. Moreover, they have both exhibited mind-boggling longevity in the sport, which is apparent just looking at their rivalry over the years.

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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