They’ve won 27 of the last 56 Grand Slam tournaments – and do battle on Centre Court once more in the fourth round of Wimbledon.
Serena, now 33, is in the midst of her career’s Indian summer – as she chases the third quarter of a slam of Slams in 2015, to join Maureen Connolly, Margaret Court and Steffi Graf as the only women to have done so. Venus, 35, is firmly in the autumn of her glorious tennis journey, but won their last meeting in Montreal last year.
Heather Watson, Serena’s heroic victim in the previous round, gives her verdict on today’s showdown:
Having lost to No1 seed Serena on Friday I can vouch for her serve, which is such a potent weapon. When under pressure she is able to raise that, and her general play, to another level, it seems. Serena showed me that she has the ability to serve everywhere with unerring accuracy.
Venus, who tends to hit bigger shots though doesn’t perhaps have the subtlety of Serena’s more controlled game, will need to return serve at her highest level. And she can do – after all, Venus has won seven grand slams and five times at SW19, the last in 2008.
Having won the Australian and French opens already in 2015, and going for a clean sweep, Serena’s motivation levels will be higher than they were in Canada. It will be a great match to watch for the neutral, not least as it will be emotional to watch the two siblings, who have dominated women’s tennis for 15 years – since Venus first won Wimbledon in 2000 – play against one another on the top stage for possibly the last time.