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Saturday, July 4, 2009

We're back in old routine, says Serena

Photo Titled Serena determined to win
Serena determined to win
Serena Williams says she and sister Venus are “used to being in this position” as they prepare to face each other in their fourth women's singles Wimbledon final this afternoon.

Serena, 27, is attempting to complete a hat-trick of Wimbledon final victories over her elder sibling after winning the title in 2002 and 2003.

But Venus, 29, last year proved that Serena was not destined to forever be her Centre Court bogeywoman as she emerged victorious 7-5, 6-4.

Venus, seeking her sixth title at the All England Club, has been in rampant form at SW19 in recent years, not losing a set at Wimbledon since the third round two years ago.

It's not often Serena is the underdog in any match. But after the pair took vastly differing routes to Saturday's appointment, Serena knows she's up against it.

Serena played in the best match of the ladies' championship - and Wimbledon’s longest-ever semi-final - when she beat Elena Dementieva 6-7 (3-7), 7-5, 8-6, while Venus took only 51 minutes to crush world No.1 Dinara Safina 6-1, 6-0 – her sixth quickfire in a row.

Serena said afterwards: "Going into this final I have nothing to lose. I feel like obviously Venus is playing the best tennis at this tournament. Start with that, and then just keep positive and go with it. So I think that if I can do that, then it will be good."

But Serena added that the family are well-equipped to cope with these sisterly battles: "We're used to being in this position now,” she quipped. "We pretty much have it down.

"Our routine will be the same. There really is no effect. We just live our lives. It's not the end of the world.”
While the superstar sisters rarely talk about their personal lives, Serena is more than happy is expand when questioned about her respect for her sister.

She said: "The basis of my whole career was learning off Venus, especially when she started out and I was in the stands watching. I was able to learn a lot and actually gain experience, even though I wasn't playing the actual matches.”

She added: "We really love to play. We just love being out there. We love the competition. It's a great job. It's a privilege to be out there and we're very lucky. We really just love the opportunity."

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