Venus Williams becomes oldest woman to reach Australian Open semifinals

Venus and Serena Williams at Australian Open

Serena heads into Saturday's final as favourite, with a better head-to-head record of 16 wins against her sister who has won 11 of their 27 previous meetings. She's now the oldest Australian Open singles finalist of the modern era and the second oldest to play a Grand Slam final.

An Australian Open electrified by the revivals of seasoned champions will bathe in the warm glow of nostalgia on Saturday when the Williams sisters contest the women's final at Rod Laver Arena.

They have met eight times previously in Grand Slam finals and only twice have their matches gone three sets.

Venus Williams has reached the semifinals of a Grand Slam for the 21st time and will play CoCo Vandeweghe for a spot in the Australian Open final. The 36-year-old converted 5 of 9 break points in that 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-3 triumph.

Venus' run to the Australian Final in the twilight of her career is the Cinderella story of the tournament. Kerber then surpassed Williams as No. 1 after the German won the U.S. Open. The prospect of the Williams-Williams final, she adds, "is a dream come true".

"They have both peaked at this tournament", she said. "I want to go further".

On Saturday, 35-year-old Serena will bid for a record 23rd grand slam title in the professional era while Venus will strive for her eighth, and first in nearly nine years. It was his first major semi-final at 25 years.

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With a victory, Serena will surpass Steffi Graf for the most major titles in the Open era with 23.

The 13th seed has stretched an impressive return to form that began with a quarter-final berth here in 2015 and included a run to the Wimbledon semi-finals a year ago. The last, at Wimbledon, was won by Serena, who leads 6-2 in those duels at the top.

Venus was beaten by Hingis (Picture: AFP/Getty)45 - The total of double faults both players have hit at this year's Australian Open.

Another Roger vs. Rafa final is still in the mix at an Australian Open with an nearly retro vibe.

Her celebrations are usually quite understated but the seven-times grand slam champion betrayed her delight by bouncing around the court before treating the crowd to an elaborate take on her traditional victory twirl. "And I was so happy for her and I just couldn't be happier". If the match is 6-2, 6-2, you know, the moment is kind of clear that it's going to happen.

"Now I have a very tough match against Dimitrov".

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