Madrid--(lawntennismag.com) Former world number ones and Americans sisters Venus Williams
Williams have not faced each other on the WTA Tour since the 2005 US Open fourth round which Venus won 7-6(7-5), 6-2. That could change the
week of November 5th
indoors at Madrid, Spain in the WTA Tour's eight player Sony Ericsson Championships.
Actually with the round robin format, the sisters could play each other multiple times total for the week.
In January Serena Williams surprised quite a few people by winning her third Australian Open singles title. In the final Serena crushed Maria
Sharapova 6-1, 6-2. Since then Serena has struggled
with several injuries but has managed to already qualify for the WTA's year end tournament; formerly held at Madison Square Garden at New York
and more recently at the Staples Center at Los Angeles.
Venus Williams is yet to qualify for Madrid but as of today is seventh in the race. Venus, like Serena, also won one grand slam this year, taking
Wimbledon over the summer with a stunning display of power serving.
Head to head Venus is tied with Serena 7-7. They have only played once indoors on the WTA Tour
with Serena winning back in 1998 at the now defunct Grand Slam Cup in the final 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.
Depending on wins or losses this week at Linz with a few other players having a chance to obtain final race points,
Venus Williams could or could not make the final
Madrid eight, but most likely she will.
The Sony Ericsson Championships is the most prestigious and important tournament in professional women's tennis except the four
grand slams. It is the final
event in the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour calendar, contested by the eight players who have accumulated the most rankings points since January.
The Tennis Channel is scheduled to provide television coverage in the United States.