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Venus rallies to beat sister Serena in Montreal

Elder Williams sister beats No 1 seed in thrilling semi-final

Montreal: Venus Williams booked her spot in the Montreal WTA final by rallying to take a three-set win over sister Serena yesterday in their 25th career meeting.

Serena Williams (left) reacts after losing a point against sister Venus (right) in the semi-finals of the Montreal WTA event yesterday. Pics/AFP
Serena Williams (left) reacts after losing a point against sister Venus (right) in the semi-finals of the Montreal WTA event yesterday. Pics/AFP 

Seven-time Grand Slam winner Venus, two years elder to 32-year-old Serena , benefited from her younger sister's nine double faults en route to a 6-7 (2-7), 6-2, 6-3 win at the $2.5 million hardcourt event Venus posted her first win over top seed and defending champion Serena since another three-set victory five years ago in Dubai. "Serena is at her top level.

You can't win every match. You can't win them all. She's number one. Nobody wants to play her. If you do, you have to play the match of your life," said Venus.

This was also the sisters' first meeting since Serena thrashed her older sibling 6-1, 6-2 last year in Charleston. The contest lasted just over two hours as Venus hammered six aces and had just two double faults.

"Big sister taught little sister a lesson," World No 1 Serena said. Most crucial points in the tie came off second serves as Venus won 56 percent of hers compared to just 36 percent for Serena. In Sunday's final, Venus plays Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland, who beat Russian Ekaterina Makarova 7-6, 7-6.

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