Venus takes on Serena in another all-Williams finalPosted: Saturday July 06, 2002 8:05 AM
Updated: Saturday July 06, 2002 8:51 AM
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- Venus Williams goes after her third consecutive Wimbledon women's title Saturday with a familiar face across the net -- sister Serena.
For the third time in the last four Grand Slam finals, the Williams sisters will face each other. Two years ago, when Venus won her first Wimbledon title, she beat Serena in the semifinals.
Their first all-in-the-family Grand Slam final was at September's U.S. Open on hard courts, where Venus won 6-2, 6-4. The next came last month at the French Open on clay, where Serena won 7-5, 6-3.
Saturday's final is the first all-sibling Wimbledon final since the first tournament in 1884, when Maud Watson beat her older sister, Lillian.
After Saturday, a Williams would have won seven of the past 12 Grand Slam events.
Venus has beaten Serena in five of eight previous matches, although Serena has won both previous matches they have played this year, in the semifinals at Key Biscayne, Florida, and in the Roland Garros title match.
Venus, who has dropped only one set this Wimbledon, has won 20 straight matches here and is one victory from becoming the first woman to take three straight titles since Steffi Graf in 1991-93.
The Williams family will take home 729,000 pounds (US$1.109 million) regardless of who wins. The winner will earn 486,000 pounds (US$739,000) and the runner-up 243,000 pounds (US$370,000).