The Williams Sisters are Back at it Again
Serena Williams, left, and Venus Williams of the U.S hold their trophies after winning the women’s doubles final against Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazahkstan and Timea Babos of Hungary on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Saturday, July 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
The Williams sisters won their sixth doubles championship after competing at the All England Club and their 14th Grand Slam tournament after beating the fifth-seeded, Hungarian Timea Babos and Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova.
“Watching Serena earlier was so amazing, and I was so into that. And then you have to re-ser yourself and say, ‘OK, we’ve got to play a matvh and we’re going to have to try to win,” said Venus during a joint interview with the BBC after the doubles. “So she brought the enrgy from Game 1 and that really brought me up too.”
Serena actually left Wimbledon with two trophies, as she also won her 22nd singles match against Angelique Kerber a few hours before the doubles championship with her big sister, Venus.
— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) July 9, 2016
“I had just enough time to change and get my ankles re-taped,” Serena said about going from one match to the other. “But there was so much adrenaline. I didn’t want to cool down too much.”
The Williams sisters aren’t new to winning doubles titles either, also winning in 2000, 2002, 2008, 2009 and 2012. Also, one or the other won a singles championship in each of those years. Serena accomplished it now four times (2002, 2009 and 2012) and Venus two.
Although they are 14-0 in major double finals, they came into this year’s doubles competition unseeded because they barely ever compete in doubles. Their previous Grand Slam title was four years ago at the All England Club.
After being asked who the boss on the two-person team was, Serena pointed at Venus in a hurry, while laughing and said, “She’s definitely the boss.”
Following that, Venus said: “Well, I’m the older sister, so it kind of falls on me. But there are different times on the court where we both take over. So whatever the team needs, it kind of happens organically. That’s the best kind of team.”
— Venus Williams (@Venuseswilliams) July 10, 2016
They plan on competing in doubles and singles at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics next month. They’ve actually already racked up three gold medals at the 2000, 2008 and 2012 Summer Games.
Shvedova, the competitor that lost to Venus in the singles quarterfinals this week, is no slouch either. She was attempting to win her third Grand Slam doubles title, after winning with Vania King at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 2010.
The Williams sisters aren’t considered young competitors either; they’ve been at this for awhile. Venus is 36 years old and Serena is 34. They are making the mid 30’s appear like the new 25. They haven’t slowed down much, and now their careers are both trending upwards.