Wimbledon: Sister Act

YOU may have seen Venus Williams jumping for joy after reaching another Wimbledon final against her sister Serena.
The defending champion was delighted that the all-American sister act had won through the draw to make Saturday’s showpiece.
But her mood changed when someone asked her a question which has followed Venus and Serena around for years.
In fact it’s so old, it deserves a place in the Natural History Museum.
Yes, you guessed it – the potential for the two sisters to decide in advance who would lift the Venus Rosewater Dish on Saturday.
Four-times champion Venus defeated No 5 seed Elena Dementieva 6-1 7-6 to reach her seventh Wimbledon final.
Later asked about the outcome of that clash, Dementieva said: “For sure it’s going to be a family decision.”
Most observers believed her reply reflected the Russian’s grasp of English, rather than any attempt to imply the final would be fixed.

Dementieva later issued a statement clarifying her remarks: “I do not think for one second that matches between Serena and Venus Williams are family decisions.
“What I meant was it is a unique situation for a family to be in to be playing for a Grand Slam title.”
Venus was angry that the issue had been raised yet again.
“I find the question pretty offensive because I’m extremely professional in everything that I do on and off the court,” she said.

“I contribute my best in the sport and I also have a ton of respect for myself and my family.
“So any mention of that is extremely disrespectful for who I am, what I stand for, and my family.”
Venus told us: “At this point our main focus is obviously both of us getting to the final.
“Then from there it’s every Williams for themself.”
Venus, 28, has yet to lose a set but goes into the Saturday’s match as second favourite to Serena, 26.
She has beaten her elder sister in their two previous Wimbledon finals in 2002 and 2003.
“I respect her as a player more than anyone else on the tour,” added Venus.
“She’s tenacious. She’s got every shot no matter what. You can’t bet against her.”
The sisters will spend tomorrow – American Independence Day – playing their ladies’ doubles semi-final before going back to the rented home they share for the fortnight.
For once Serena actually needed her rain mac as play was interrupted by heavy showers during her clash with wildcard Zheng Jie, 24.
China’s first ever Grand Slam singles semi finalist was watched by over 100 million viewers back home, having promised to donate her portion of the prize money to the Szechuan earthquake victims.
Serena took one hour and 25 minutes to also win in straight sets 6-2 7-6, before looking forward to that all-Williams final with her sister.
Still wearing that white mac, she’s just been into the press conference room.
Odds-on to beat her sister in their first Grand Slam final meeting for five years, Serena said there would be no favours exchanged on court.
“It’s easy, especially with sibling rivalry.
“I personally want everything that Venus has. So she wins a trophy, I would desperately want it.
“We’re good at this now. We just leave everything out on the court. This is the finals of Wimbledon. Who doesn’t want it?
“It’s gotten easier for me personally because I just realise that I want to win – this is a Grand Slam. This is history. We both are trying to make our mark.”
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