If ever there was a Grand Slam final for the ages, it’s this one. Featuring Venus Williams, at age 36, and her 35-year-old sister Serena, it’s the most senior Grand Slam final in WTA history.
Eyeing a return to the world No.1 ranking, six-time Australian Open champion Serena is more significantly competing for her 23rd Grand Slam title, which would surpass the record number achieved by Steffi Graf.
Should Venus lift a Grand Slam trophy for an eighth time, it would mark a momentous eight-and-a-half years between Grand Slam titles. Claiming her first major as a 20-year-old at 2000 Wimbledon, the elder Williams has since collected four more titles at the All England Club, along with US Open victories in 2000 and 2001.
Equally aligned in ambition as they are in ability, the single-minded sisters have repeatedly expressed this fortnight that their focus is entirely on AO2017, and not their expansive number of respective achievements.