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If I were a betting woman, I would have been raking in cash an hour ago, as my two favorite tennis divas finished their semifinals in winning form, heading into a sister-sister matchup on Center Court of Wimbledon in the women’s final on the Fourth of July. As a tennis fan and one who especially cheer for the sons and daughters from our soil. I am truly happy for Venus and Serena who have on many occasions held that flag way up high for American Tennis.
Serena and Venus matchups are my favorites, but I am always very torn, as I have a problem deciding which sister I will cheer for. I normally just go with the flow, cheering for Serena because she is the little sister and rooting for Venus when she has no mercy as a big sister.
But all in all, I will be watching the finals with a lot of pride for these two legends in their own rights. Serena, a two-time Wimbledon champion, was pushed to the limit by the fourth-seeded Dementieva but raised her game when she needed in one of the most compelling women's matches at the All England Club in years.
She saved match point and overcame Elena Dementieva 6-7 (4), 7-5, 8-6 in an overwhelming fashion, setting up another championship match against sister Venus. The 2-hour, 49-minute epic of a match ended when Dementieva sailed a backhand wide. And in true Serena signature style, she threw her head back, pumped her arms and hopped up and down in celebration.
It was Serena's eighth straight win in a Grand Slam semifinal going back to the 2003 French Open. She is now 14-2 overall in Grand Slam semifinals. The results set up a second straight and fourth overall women's final here between the Williams siblings. One Williams or the other has won seven of the past nine championships at the All England Club.
Venus and Serena Williams won in contrasting fashion Thursday to set up their fourth all-sister Wimbledon Five-time winner Venus needed only 51 minutes to overwhelm Dinara Safina 6-1, 6-0 and reach her eighth Wimbledon final.
Venus is bidding to become the first woman since Steffi Graf in 1991-93 to win Wimbledon three years in a row and is trying for No. 6 overall. Serena beat Venus in the 2002 and 2003 finals at the All England Club
There have been seven all-Williams championship matches at majors, with Serena holding a 5-2 lead. Overall, the sisters are tied 10-10.
"Oh my God, this is my eighth final, and it's a dream come to true to be here again and have the opportunity to hold the plate up," Venus said. The sisters—with 17 Grand Slam titles between them—will face each other Saturday in a Fourth of July final.
"A fourth final—it's so exciting. It was so hard before my match to watch all that drama," Venus said, referring to Serena's semifinal. "It was so difficult. But the hardest part is next to come, to play Serena Williams."
My most perfect sports moment: breakfast at Wimbledon, all-Williams final on Fourth of July—priceless.