MONTREAL – Venus Williams downed world No. 1 Serena Williams 6-7 (2), 6-2, 6-3 on Saturday for the first win over her sister in more than five years to advance to the final of the final of the US$2.44 million women’s Rogers Cup.
Venus Williams will player either Agnieszka Radwanska or Ekaterina Makarova in the final Sunday.
The 34-year-old Venus Williams, who wasn’t seeded, hadn’t beat her 32-year-old sister in five matches going back to Dubai in 2009. Serena Williams still leads the all-time series 15-11.
Venus Williams started with a hot serve and took a 3-1 lead but the key game of the set came with Serena Williams serving at 3-3. The younger sister, who was the defending champion, hit six aces and two double faults before prevailing in an extended, back and forth battle.
The second set was all Venus Williams, who had two service breaks while her sister struggled with unforced errors.
Serena Williams made two errors to lose her serve and give her sister a 4-2 lead before serving out the third set.
Serena Williams had 19 aces and nine double faults, while the more consistent Venus Williams had six aces and two doubles faults.
© The Canadian Press, 2014