Williamses, Aussies Into Final
Published July 03, 2009 05:12
LONDON, UK - A day after they moved into the singles final, the Williams sisters cruised into the doubles final, crushing world No.1s Cara Black and Liezel Huber, taking a step closer to Grand Slam doubles title No.9.
The Williams sisters, seeded No.4 this fortnight, took out the top seeds in an absolute clinic, firing 34 winners to just 14 for Black and Huber and winning almost twice as many points - 59 to 31 - to win, 61 62. It lasted 61 minutes.
"We were really ready," Serena Williams said. "We've been playing doubles a lot, even though we don't play every tournament. We have team camaraderie. We've been getting a lot of experience, and we know what to do, doubles-wise."
The Williams sisters have won eight Grand Slam titles together already, three at the Australian Open (2001, 2003, 2009), one at the French Open (1999), three at Wimbledon (2000, 2002, 2008) and one at the US Open (1999). They have never lost a Grand Slam doubles final together, going 8-0 in eight finals.
"When you choose to play doubles, you have to be in really good shape, so you have to be prepared," Venus Williams said when asked if the doubles affected their singles. "If you're not in good shape, it can affect your singles."
Waiting in the final will be No.3 seeds Samantha Stosur and Rennae Stubbs, who pulled off a minor upset over No.2 seeds and two-time reigning French Open champions Anabel Medina Garrigues and Virginia Ruano Pascual in the second semifinal on a sunny Friday afternoon, 67(3) 64 62.
Stosur and Stubbs are still looking for their first Sony Ericsson WTA Tour title together, although they did come close the week before Wimbledon, finishing runners-up at Eastbourne. They began playing together at the start of the year. They have both won Grand Slam titles with other partners, however: Stosur has two (with Lisa Raymond, at the 2005 US Open and 2006 French Open) and Stubbs has four (three with Raymond, at the 2000 Australian Open, 2001 Wimbledon and 2001 US Open, and one with Black, at 2004 Wimbledon).
The two teams have played once before, with the Williams sisters winning, 64 62, in the third round of the Australian Open earlier this year.