Sisters Eye Title
Published September 10, 2009 09:15
NEW YORK, NY, USA - Serena and Venus Williams advanced to yet another Grand Slam doubles final, but not without a fight, as 13th-seeded Russians Alisa Kleybanova and Ekaterina Makarova made the sisters work for their 76(4) 36 62 semifinal victory Thursday.
Until the second set, the fourth-seeded Williamses had not lost a set since their French Open round of 16 loss to Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Nadia Petrova, a streak of 29 straight sets won. Nevertheless, they still have a 15-match winning streak going into Sunday's final, which they should be a favorite in, especially considering they have won all nine Grand Slam finals they have played in, including their lone US Open title in 1999. They will play the winner of No.1 seeds Cara Black and Liezel Huber and No.3 seeds Samantha Stosur and Rennae Stubbs, both of whom they defeated en route to the title at the All-England Club earlier this summer. The sisters have already captured the Australian Open, Wimbledon and Stanford this year, giving them 15 Sony Ericsson WTA Tour titles together in their careers.
Kleybanova and Makarova have much to be proud of, as this was their best result in a major as a duo, their previous best having been the quarterfinals at Wimbledon this year.