Serena and Venus Williams could be heading for a Wimbledon final showdown


Serena and Venus Williams are closing in on another family final at Wimbledon.

The most famous siblings in tennis last met in a major final here in 2009 and stand one win each away from a reunion, after Venus beat Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova and Serena overcame Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova on Tuesday.

Serena Williams

Venus' run is the more surprising. Her most recent grand slam semi-final came at the US Open six years ago, but the American continued her recent resurgence with a 7-6 (7/5) 6-2 victory on Court One.

The 36-year-old is the oldest woman competing in singles at this year's championships and she will next face Germany's Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber, with the target an appearance in a 15th major final.

The sisters have contested eight grand slam finals in all but, unlike Serena, Venus' success has dwindled in recent years, in part due to her battle with Sjogren's syndrome, a condition that can cause tiredness and pain in the joints.

It makes her revival all the more impressive and this victory over Shvedova should not be underestimated after the Kazakh had already knocked out Lucie Safarova, Sabine Lisicki and Elina Svitolina.