Venus: It’s wonderful

While Venus Williams will show up at the Australian open final with all guns blazing, she recognises the fact that it is her sister Serena on the other side of the net.

The dynamic duo have turned back the clock many a year and Saturday's final at Melbourne Park will no doubt be one for the ages, whatever the result.

While Venus is under no illusions at the challenge ahead of her, she is really grateful to be playing her sister.

"When I'm playing on the court with her, I think I'm playing, like, the best competitor in the game," the 36-year-old told wtatennis.com.

"I don't think I'm chump change either. I can compete against any odds. No matter what, I get out there and I compete.

"It's like I know that it won't be easy. You have to control yourself, then you also have to hopefully put your opponent in a box. This opponent is your sister, and she's super awesome. It's wonderful."

After being forced to withdraw from the ASB Classic in Auckland due to an injury just weeks before the start of Australian Open, a tenacious Venus feels fortunate to have turned it around.

"I mean, honestly, all the signs didn't look that way in Auckland," added the American, who is looking for her first grand slam title since 2008.

"Of course, I dreamed of it because I definitely worked hard in the off-season. It was not a great start, I'll just say that.

"But still I know I can play. You just have to try to figure it out if you can get it to line up all at the same time. That's why you get out and you try. As long as you continue to try, you have an opportunity. That's why I'm here."

Meanwhile, Serena, who is chasing the Open Era record for the most grand slam singles titles on Saturday, never doubted that her sister would reach another final at the pinnacle of the sport.

"This probably is the moment of our careers so far," said the 22-time grand slam winner.

"For me, I can definitely say for me. I never lost hope of us being able to play each other in a final."

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