Serena and Venus Williams advanced to their first Grand Slam final in four years with a hard-fought win over Julia Goerges and Karolina Pliskova on Friday.
WTA Staff

LONDON, England - Serena and Venus Williams advanced to their first Grand Slam final in four years with a hard fought win over Julia Goerges and Karolina Pliskova on Friday.

Not since their triumph at the All England Club in 2012 - a result they repeated in the Olympic final hosted at the same venue later that summer - have the sisters appeared in a major final together. However, the prospect of another tilt at gold on the horizon has brought the best out of the duo, who saw off No.8 seeds Goerges and Pliskova, 7-6(3), 6-4.

"You know, I think a lot of it is my partner, and when you have a good partner it is easy to relax because if you miss a few shots then you're partner has you, so? that's been part of the equation," Venus said.

Despite falling a break behind in both sets, the Williamses showed their fighting qualities to secure a spot in their 14th major final and sixth at Wimbledon. There they will face No.5 seeds Timea Babos and Yaroslava Shvedova, 6-4, 6-2 winners of the first semifinal against Raquel Atawo and Abigail Spears.

There will be few secrets between Venus and Shvedova, who are well acquainted having met in the last eight of the singles. "We've never played them before; clearly they're a great team," Venus added. "I've played them both in singles, in fact I played Shvedova in singles this tournament. So it'll be, you know, a familiar sight across the net!

"Yeah, it's nice [to play on the final Saturday]! I came close in the singles, so could have had double duty on Saturday, but with any luck I'll be getting into that cycle a little more in the coming years."