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Venus Williams makes final of Australian Open and will face younger sister Serena for title

Oh, this is glorious. Venus Williams, a five-time Wimbledon champion, has made it to the finals of a grand slam tournament for the first time since 2009.

The 36-year-old Venus beat fellow American CoCo Vandeweghe 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-3 in the semifinals of the Australian Open.

Her opponent in Saturday’s final will be a familiar one: younger sister Serena Williams.

Serena, 35, beat the unseeded but inspirational Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-2, 6-3.

“A total inspiration,” Serena said in her on-court interview of her sister.

“My big sister, she’s basically my world and my life. I was so happy for her, really. For us both to be in the final is the biggest dream come true for us.”

Venus is the oldest woman to reach an Australian Open final in the Open era and the second-oldest to play a Grand Slam final after 37-year-old Martina Navratilova at Wimbledon in 1994.

“Everybody has their moment in the sun; maybe mine has gone for a while. I’ve got nothing else to do,” she said after her semifinal win.

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