Having won the Rogers Cup in 2001, 2011 and 2013, Serena Williams was eager to try for a fourth title. The only obstacle in her way was sister Venus Williams in the semi-finals. Contested at Uniprix Stadium in Montreal, fans were excited at the 25th career match-up between the two.
Taking into account that Serena was ranked first in the event, while Venus had a 26 ranking, younger sister Serena was certainly the favorite. Shockingly, a valiant effort by Venus resulted in a three-set win. While Serena grabbed the first set by a 7-6 margin, Venus would bounce back with scores of 6-2 and 6-3.
Of note, the first set saw Venus enjoy a 3-1 lead before Serena made the comeback. Winning the tie break by a 7-2 mark, Serena successfully held off her sister in 55 minutes.
Despite the momentum, Serena could not contain in the second set as Venus climbed out to a 3-0 advantage. Three double faults plagued Serena as Venus only needed a half hour to force a third and deciding set.
The final set saw Venus force Serena into the corners, as she struggled to get back into the match. Grabbing the set by a 6-3 score, Venus would advance to the final against Agnieszka Radwanska. Neither has ever captured the Rogers Cup in the history of the event, setting the stage for history.
While Serena retains her number one world ranking, Venus jumps back into the Top 20. As a side note, Venus appeared in the 2014 edition of ESPN’s Body Issue, joining her sister, who appeared in the inaugural edition of the Body Issue back in 2009.
At 34 years young, Venus becomes the oldest finalist in the event since Martina Navratilova. At 32, Navratilova faced off against Aranxa Sanchez-Vicario to grab the 1989 edition of the title. While Venus looks to make her own history in the final, Serena holds a 14-11 advantage in match play against her sister, and prepares for the US Open.