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Williams Sisters Set for Wimbledon Finals Showdown - 2002-07-04


The Williams sisters: Venus and Serena have advanced to the finals of the Wimbledon tennis championships, the second major tournament in a row where they have faced one another in the championship match.

Venus made the finals with a straight-set win over Justine Henin of Belgium, 6-3, 6-2. Serena scored a straight-set win over French player Amelie Mauresmo, 6-2, 6-1.

The two sisters faced-off last month for the French Open title with Serena winning. Last September, they met in the U.S. Open final in New York with Venus taking the title.

Win or lose Saturday, Serena next week will take over the world number one ranking from her sister.

Meanwhile in men's action, world number one player Lleyton Hewitt had his hands full with Dutch player Sjeng Schalken. Up two sets to none and at match point, Hewitt lost the third and fourth sets before rallying to win in five sets 6-2, 6-2, 6-7, 1-6, 7-5.

Hewitt next takes on Britain's Tim Henman, who scored a four-set win over unseeded Brazilian Andre Sa 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3. Also Thursday, Argentina's David Nalbandian scored a five set win over Ecuador's Nicolas Lapentti 6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 4-6, 6-4. He faces Belgium's Xavier Malisse, a five-set winner over former champion Richard Krajicek 6-1, 4-6, 6-2, 3-6, 9-7.