Saturday, September 12, 2009

Williams Sisters In 2009 US Open Doubles Finals

For the first time in a decade, my favorite tennis playing siblings are in the US Open doubles finals.

Little Sis and Big Sis battled sustained 20 mph winds Thursday and the Russian duo of Alisa Kleybanova and Ekaterina Makarova to prevail in three sets 7-6, 3-6, 6-2.

"Good to make the final again. Encouraging and very cool," Serena said.

It put the Williams sisters in their 10th Grand Slam doubles final. A victory in the final would not only give them three of the four Grand Slam doubles titles, but would put them halfway to matching Pam Shriver's and Martina Navratilova's record of 20 Grand Slam doubles titles.

Whoever their opponent is will have to bear in mind the fact that the Williams sisters record in Grand Slam Doubles finals is a sparkling 9-0.

"Hopefully, that's a record that won't end yet," Serena said. "We really want this. I'm sure whoever we play really wants it, too."

Speaking of finals, assuming the weather is clear, Little Sis will take on Kim Clijsters at 8 PM EDT in a semifinal matchup for a spot in the finals.

Little Sis seeks to continue her march to repeat as the US Open women's singles champ and win her 12th Grand Slam singles title.

Here's hoping that this ends up as a very good weekend at Flushing Meadows for the Williams siblings.

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