Montreal, QC, Canada (4E Sports) – Venus Williams pulled off a shocker as she dismissed younger sister and world No. 1 Serena Williams, 6-7 (2-7), 6-2, 6-3, in two hours and three minutes to reach the Rogers Cup final Saturday.
The win was Venus’ first over Serena since 2009 and her first over a reigning world No. 1 since beating Dinara Safina in the Wimbledon semifinals also that year. The younger Williams still owns a 14-11 edge overall.
“The level of game we played was pretty high,” Venus said. “We’re both serving well, returning well, moving well – everything is happening so well that all of our matches seem to be very competitive.”
“She was really opening the court well,” said Serena, who hit 19 aces, but committed nine double faults and was broken four times. “She’s such a good mover. She moves really well. I think her serve was way more consistent than mine. I had more aces, but she served better.”
Venus, who had never even won a match in Canada before this week, advanced to her 74th WTA final. She has a 45-28 record in her first 73 championship appearances.
She will be going for her second WTA title of the year against the winner of the other semifinal between third-seeded Pole Agnieszka Radwanska and Russian Ekaterina Makarova.
On the men’s side, 13th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated Grigor Dimitrov, 6-4, 6-3, to claim a spot in the Rogers Cup title match in Toronto.
The Frenchman reached his third ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final and first in three years, having finished runner-up at the 2011 BNP Paribas Masters after winning the Paris title in 2008. He will contest his 20th tour-level final, seeking an 11th crown.
Tsonga won the first set in impressive fashion, saving four break points while serving for the opener at 5-4, all with service winners.
The former world No. 5 will face the winner of the second semifinal between two-time champion Roger Federer and Feliciano Lopez.