Serena and Venus Williams: Power Ranking Williams Sisters' Best Open Moments
Iconic superstars of women's tennis, the Williams sisters need very little introduction.
Countless tournament wins and five US Open singles titles between them, as well as three doubles titles, the sisters are among the most successful women's tennis players of all time.
Flushing Meadows has provided us with some of the best moments in the sisters' careers and some incredible highlights.
With the US Open fast approaching, we take a look at the top 10 US Open moments for the sisters.
10: 2008 Quarter Finals: Serena Comes Back
The big travesty about this match is that it wasn't a final.
On her way to victory in 2008 Serena came up against Venus in the quarterfinals. The meeting provided one of the best matches in recent times.
Voted the best women’s singles match of 2008 by Tennis Magazine, Serena only just battled past her sister, winning both sets by tie break.
Having failed to reach the semis since 2002, Serena really needed the win, but she did it the hard way.
Trailing 5-3 in both sets, and facing a total of 10 set-points, the eventual champion battled her way back and snatched the victory from Venus in an epic sibling battle that will be remembered by all those who saw it.
9: 1998 Mixed Doubles: Serena Takes First Victory
One of the lesser known moments from the Williams sisters, but as a youthful 16-year-old, Serena Williams started her love affair with Flushing Meadows by winning the mixed doubles title with partner Max Mirnyi of Belarus.
The title has helped cement her name in the history books at Flushing Meadows as one of the few to have won the singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles at the US Open.
Williams, S/ Mirnyi, M bt Raymond, L/ Galbraith, P 6-2, 6-2
8: 2000 Semifinal: Venus Finally Defeats Hingis
A great rivalry produced a truly great match at the 2000 US Open.
Hingis had won both previous meetings at the US Open—the 1997 final and in the 1999 semi’s—and after taking the first set in 2000 the Swiss star was heavily favoured to reach her fourth consecutive final at Flushing Meadows.
But Venus had other ideas.
Williams was 5-3 down in the second set, and at one point was just two points away from defeat, but she battled her way back in an epic match full of long, powerful rallies as the two rivals battled it out.
A capacity crowd helped make this one of the most memorable moments Venus will have at Flushing Meadows, as the deafening noise between points helped her to take the victory and reach the final three years after her first appearance.
Venus Williams bt Martina Hingis 4-6, 6-3, 7-5
7: 2001 Quarterfinal: Serena Overpowers Davenport
This match would not have looked out of place in the men’s draw, as the two Americans tried to out-hit each other in a memorable encounter that has been labelled a true classic.
The two big hitters smashed the ball around the court for three sets, with Serena eventually coming out on top in the deciding set.
After taking the first set 6-3, Serena was pegged back by Davenport who sent the match into a deciding set after a tie-break.
A late break from Serena meant she took a thrilling final set 7-5 moving into the semifinals for the second time.
Serena Williams bt Lindsay Davenport 6-3, 6-7(7), 7-5
6: 1999 Final: Serena Wins for the First Time
Serena succeeded where Venus had failed two years earlier, and defeated Martina Hingis in the final to take her first crown at just 17.
Sister Venus had also reached the final at 17, and had also faced Hingis, but this time the more experienced (and no. 1 seed) Hingis could not overpower Serena, who played her way to victory in her first final appearance to take the crown at Flushing Meadows—a year before her older sister.
In doing so, she became the first black female to win the tournament in 41 years.
Serena Williams bt Martina Hingis 6-3, 7-6(4)
5: 1997 Final: Venus Makes Final in First Attempt
Maybe not seen as one of the best Open moments for the sisters as Venus went on to lose the final, but in my opinion it is one of her biggest achievements in the tournament.
At just 17, Venus had made her way to the final in her first appearance at the tournament, beating three top-20 players, despite being ranked well outside the top 50 herself.
In the final, Venus was up against fellow youngster Martina Hingis, who was a few days short of her seventeenth birthday. The pair became the youngest ever to play each other in a grand slam final.
Her run to the final made Venus the first debutant finalist in 19 years, the first unseeded player in almost forty years, and the first black woman to reach the final since Althea Gibson in 1958.
I’m sure it was a very proud moment for Venus and her family, even if Hingis proved to be a step ahead in the final.
Martina Hingis bt Venus Williams 6-0, 6-4
4: 1999 Doubles Final: Venus Helps Serena Double-Up
Just one day after her singles victory, the seventeen-year-old Serena was back on the court, this time with her sister, as the two paired up to take the doubles crown.
The pair had tried their luck in the doubles in 1997 and had very little success. This time they were a lot stronger.
Showing little sign of tiredness after Venus reached the singles semifinals, and Serena playing in the final just 24 hours earlier, the pair lost the first set before finding their stride and controlling the second and then deciding sets to take the title.
The victory meant that Serena—just 17—joined Margaret Court, Billie Jean King, and Martina Navratilova as the only women who have won the singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles at the US Open.
Williams, S/Williams, V bt Rubin, C / Testud, S 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
3: 2008 Final: Serena Wins Again
Never one to be outdone by her sister, Serena just had to win it again.
The sisters had been having a difficult time at the US Open with just one semifinal appearance between them since they met in the 2002 final, but after Venus lost out in the 2007 semis, Serena was determined to get the Williams name back on the trophy.
After a challenging match against sister in the quarterfinals, Serena reached the semifinal stage for the first time since her 2002 victory, where she brushed aside Dinara Safina to set up a final with Jelena Jankovic.
Serena continued her fine form to take the final with relative ease, winning the tournament for a third time without dropping a single set.
Serena Williams bt Jelena Jankovic 6-5, 7-5
2: 2000 Final: Venus Gets Her Trophy
Three years after her first final appearance, Venus finally got her hands on the trophy, beating compatriot Lindsay Davenport in an all American final.
After defeating Martina Hingis an a classic semifinal, Venus was determined to lift the trophy her sister had beaten her to a year earlier and beat Davenport in straight sets to keep the trophy in the family.
In taking the trophy, Venus made the Williams sisters the first sisters to have both won the singles title, and also won the first match ever attended by the serving President of the United States (President Clinton).
Venus Williams bt Lindsay Davenport 6-4, 7-5
1: 2001 & 2002 Finals: Sisters Face Off
It's difficult to separate these two finals in terms of which was the better moment for the sisters, so instead they are included as equally great moments.
In 2001 the sisters became the first to face each other in a US Open final.
Venus was defending champion and defeated her younger sister to hang on to that title and become only the seventh woman to defend a US Open title.
The pair were really dominating their home Grand Slam tournament.
Their domination continued in 2002 as both Serena and Venus reached the final again, meaning there had been a Williams in the last four finals (and five of the last six).
This time though, Serena got revenge over Venus as she took the title to join her sister as a two-time champion. The trophy had now been in the family for four consecutive years. What greater moment could there be for a tennis family than having two sisters reach the final in consecutive years and for them both to win. Bravo Venus and Serena.
2001: Venus Williams bt Serena Williams 6-2, 6-4
2002: Serena Williams bt Venus Williams 6-4, 6-3
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