It’s pretty amazing to see just how much the careers of Venus and Serena Williams mirror each other at Wimbledon. Venus is two years older—she just turned 36 two weeks ago—and has made two more appearances at the All England Lawn Tennis Club than Serena, but coming into this year’s championships they’ve played the same number of matches and sets and have each made eight singles finals. Serena has one more title than her older sister (6 to Venus’s 5) and they rank fourth and fifth all-time in matches won at Wimbledon.
Serena has maintained the World No. 1 ranking for four years now and last year’s run at a calendar Grand Slam (winning all four majors in the same year) ended just two matches short as she fell in the semifinals of the U.S. Open. Venus had been out of the top 20 for three consecutive years before she climbed back to No. 19 at the end of 2014. She got back into the Top 10 at the end of last year and came into Wimbledon this year as the No. 8 player in the world. Not bad for a 36-year-old who is playing in her 19th Wimbledon.
So adding up their singles championships and throwing in the five doubles titles they won together (plus one mixed doubles title for Serena), the Sisters Williams have combined for 17 Wimbledon titles.
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