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Friday, July 3, 2009

Williamses power into doubles final

Photo Titled Serena and Venus team up
Serena and Venus team up
The Williams sisters’ domination of the ladies events continues after they destroyed top seeds Liezel Huber and Cara Black 6-1, 6-2, with an exhibition of poise and power to reach the doubles final.

Venus and Serena will defend their crown just hours after facing each other in the singles final for the second year running.

And Aussie pair Sam Stosur and Rennae Stubbs who beat Spaniards Anabel Medina Garrigues and Virginia Ruano Pascual will not look forward to playing the Americans on this form.

The Williamses did have a rather slow start to the match with Venus fortunate to hold serve in the first game of the match. But after that they never looked back with some terrific returns from Serena allowing the sisters to break the Huber serve at the first time of asking.

Some fine volleying from Serena allowed her to hold serve before powerful play from both sisters led to them breaking Black in the next game.

At 5-0, Huber did finally manage to hold and that prompted the No.1 Court crowd’s largest cheer of the match.
But Serena closed out the first set and the Williams’ big-hitting continued in the second as they raced to a 4-0 lead.

Black and Huber both managed to hold serve as the Zimbabwean/American pair, the highest ranked doubles players in the world, tried desperately to make the match a contest.

But Venus held serve to see out the match in an hour and a minute and later confirmed they have taken the doubles just as seriously as the singles.

“We've been so focused, and that's really been the key word this Championship,” the elder sister said. “Our focus has paid off so far.”

Serena agreed: “We've been playing doubles a lot, even though we don't play every tournament. We actually have that team camaraderie. We've been getting a lot of experience, and we know what to do doubles wise.”

Court 1 - Ladies' Doubles - Semifinals
Cara Black ZIM (1)/
Liezel Huber USA (1)
Serena Williams USA (4)/
Venus Williams USA (4)

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