Both Williams sisters exited this year's first grand slam the Australian Open, earlier than we may have thought they would. Venus Williams lost in the
quarterfinals to Ana Ivanovic of Serbia and before this week had lost three of her last four WTA Tour matches. Serena Williams failed to defend
her Australian Open title as she too lost in the quarterfinals to a Serbian, Jelena Jankovic. This week marks only Serena's second tournament
played of the year as she took a break due to dental surgery.
And so we can say each Williams sister will want to win today to advance to Sunday's final and also in order to reestablish some momentum for
this year. Head to head Venus is tied with Serena 7-7 and with Venus winning their last meeting at the 2005 US Open 7-6(7-5), 6-2.
The all Williams
semifinal match is not scheduled to be shown on television in the USA, but you
can follow the scores live here and
get information about how to watch the match free online on the internet.
The Williams sisters matches are tough matches to call basically since their games are so similar either player could win on any given day.
However I'm picking Venus to win today as I think she may be hitting her first serves and groundstrokes more consistently than Serena has
this week. I do think the first set will be very important and the player who can start better will be at a huge advantage.
Venus is a sometime slow starter and sometimes may take a few games to get warmed up. But if Serena is playing well, she will not allow Venus
to recover from any slow start. Also look to see if either player will move forward to finish the points at the net.
can be suspect from either Venus or Serena. But it's not as if you can hit the ball there and be okay. Either player can hit winners from her forehand,
but she can also make a handful of forehand errors as well. Which is how Venus will win today: keeping her error count low and winner count high.
"Iím really excited about playing Venus in the semis," Serena Williams said. "Sheís a really tough opponent, but itís going to be fun
playing her. Itís just a shame it couldnít be in the final."