Sisters Have Something to Smile About

PARIS, France – Serena Williams has reason to celebrate despite her heart-breaking loss in her singles quarterfinal to Samantha Stosur, as her doubles victory later Wednesday alongside sister Venus not only puts them in the final of yet another Grand Slam, but it assures them of rising to No.1 on the doubles rankings for the first time on Monday.

It was far from easy, though, especially compared to their previous matches this fortnight, as the top-seeded Williamses had not lost more than five games in a match before Wednesday, when they had to rally from 3-1 down in the third set of their 26 62 64 defeat of third-seeded Liezel Huber and Anabel Medina Garrigues. In fact, Serena and Venus had only lost one set in their 13 previous matches all year.

Huber, who was playing just her second career Sony Ericsson WTA Tour event with Medina Garrigues, would have stayed No.1 on the rankings had she won this event. Serena will become the fifth player to ever rank No.1 in singles and doubles simultaneously; the others are Martina Navratilova, Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario, Martina Hingis, Lindsay Davenport and Kim Clijsters.

Only one of the sisters’ 11 doubles majors has come at Roland Garros, though this is just the third time they have played in the event. In Friday’s final, they will square off with a team they have never played, No.12 seeds Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik, who scored an upset over No.2 seeds Nuria Llagostera Vives and María José Martínez Sánchez, 36 64 64.

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