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Sisters bid for Wimbledon title

Serena, Venus
Venus (right) has won five out of the pair's eight meetings  

LONDON, England -- Venus and Serena Williams will be the first siblings to contest a Wimbledon final for 118 years when they meet in the women's singles decider on Saturday.

Venus, the number one seed, is bidding for a third successive Wimbledon title, which will lift her alongside legends Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf.

A victory for Venus would also be a sixth win out of nine meetings between the famous sisters.

Serena, 15 months her junior, toppled Venus in the French Open last month, and sailed through the first six rounds at Wimbledon without dropping a set.

The 20-year-old from Florida will be officially named number one in the WTO Tour rankings on Monday when she takes over the mantle from Venus, after her 6-2, 6-1 semi-final win over Amelie Mauresmo on Thursday.

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Venus beat her sister on her way to her first Wimbledon triumph in 2000 and got the better of her in last September's U.S. Open final, but Serena believes she is a vastly-improved player 12 months on.

"I think at the U.S. Open I was too satisfied, I really thought I was going to win just because I'd beaten some other top players," she said.

"I went in there a little over-confident, a little cocky. She really beat me that day.

"Next time I played her, I thought: 'Okay, I'm just going to go out there and do my best. I'm not going to expect to win.'

"I think I've grown mentally more than anything. Now I'm thinking everyone is a fighter and they're going to fight me with as much strength as they have.

"I've been focusing a lot more mentally on my life, just trying not to have a lot of distractions. I've even been reading my Bible more. I'm growing up as a person."

The sisters have also reached the semi-finals of the women's doubles, which has given Serena the opportunity to gain a close-up look at her opponent's game.

"She's playing great now," said Serena. "Her speed is unbelievable and when you have speed, you can just about beat anybody.

"She also has a devastating backhand. I am going to have to play pretty close to the way I did in the semi-finals to come close to beating her."


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