Venus Williams defeated younger sister and world No 1. Serena yesterday at the Rogers cup semi-final match in Montreal, according to CNN.com. The victory marks the first time 34 year-old Venus has beaten her younger and more accomplished sister in five years. Serena, despite being disappointed with her play, Serena praised her older sister for her excellent play.
“She was really opening the court well,” Serena said. “She (Venus) is such a good mover.”
Serena as gotten the best of her sister in head to head matches 15-11. She also leads the pair in singles-major titles, winning 17 to Venus’s 9.
Venus has struggled on the court in recent years after being diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease that can causes a fatigue and joint pains. Her success in the Rogers cup and her win against Serena has given her confidence in her ability to compete for the remainder of her career.
“I hope I can keep some of this control in my life.” Venus said. “If I have that control, I can enjoy being on the court, and I can win as well.”
Venus will play Agnieszka Radwanska in the Rogers cup final.