Serena and Venus Williams have played 27 times against each other in their long careers, including contesting eight Grand Slam finals. Serena holds a 6-2 edge in the major deciders, with a 16-11 win-loss record overall. Serena Williams is on the cusp of history as she targets a record-breaking 23rd Grand Slam title but she finds elder sister Venus standing in the way as the duo clash in the Australian Open women’s singles final. Serena will be playing her 29th major final and a win in Melbourne will take her past Steffi Graf’s Open-era record of 22 major titles, with only Margaret Court’s all-time mark of 24 still to beat. Venus, meanwhile, is searching for her first Grand Slam crown in nine long years since Wimbledon in 2008. Get live updates of the Australian Open women’s singles final here .15:00 IST: From 0-40, Venus takes 5 consecutive points to take the game. She now leads by 2-1 in the second set
14:58 IST: Serena hits two aces in that last game to serve out the opening set. She’s one set away from her 23rd Grand Slam title.
14:56 IST: Can Serena close it out? She hasn’t dropped a set this tournament. She takes the second game and level scores at 1-1 4:55 IST: Venus holds and takes the first game in the second set.14:50 IST: Serena takes the opening set in the all-important final, wins 6-4
14:48 IST: Serena serving for the opening set now!! 14:46 IST: Venus has landed few very important first serves. Venus holds the serve but Serena leads 5 games to 4
14:44 IST: Serena holds her serve and takes 5-3 lead in the opening set
14:42 IST: Serena has 5 aces and 4 double-faults already in the match!!! 14:40 IST: Sisters….everything remains the same. CRAZY!
14:39 IST: Serena secures another break with the powerful shot and takes 4-3 lead in the first set
14:36 IST: Now Serena holds her serve to level the scores at 3-3 in the first set 14:33 IST: Venus has been agile and active. She is the oldest women’s singles finalist in a grand slam ever. Who was expecting that?
14:32 IST: Two game points and Venus holds her serve for the first time in the match. Takes 3-2 lead in the first set
14:30 IST: Now, that doesn’t happen often. Now, Venus breaks the serve again to level the score at 2-2 in the first set
14:27 IST: Two double faults and she responds it with an ace. Deuce again!! 14:26 IST: Double fault by Serena Williams takes the score to deuce!!
14:25 IST: This is impressive from Venus!! Superb forehand by her and Serena misjudges it. It’s 30-30 in the fourth game. 14:23 IST: Clinical finish by Serena as she breaks Venus’ service again to take 2-1 lead in the first set
14:20 IST: It’s been a high quality start in the women’s singles final here at the Rod Laver arena. It’s deuce again in the third game
14:19 IST: Ohh that’s unreal!! Serena Williams slips in the court and breaks her racquet
14:17 IST: Venus clinches it following an unforced error by Serena
14:15 IST: Venus Williams breaks the service back immediately to restore parity at 1-1 in the first set
14:13 IST: Venus is giving Serena a tough competition in the second game and its deuce here 40-40 14:11 IST: Serena seals the first game of the match with a powerful forehand
14:10 IST: Serena Williams starts it with a bang!! She breaks the first game and take 1-0 lead in the first set
14:07 IST: Serena Williams takes the first point and it’s 15-0 13:57 IST: The players are all set for the big clash. 9 years ago Venus won the last Grand Slam title.
13:55 IST: The Rod Laver Arena is all in readiness to hold the big final match between Serena Williams and Venus Williams
13:49 IST: The Williams sisters last met in the final of a Grand Slam event in 2009, when Serena beat Venus at Wimbledon.
Serena advanced to the final after beating Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in straight sets in the semifinal, while Venus beat fellow American CoCo Vandeweghe in three sets, coming back from a set down to reach her first major final since Wimbledon 2009
13:47 IST: Head-to-head with Venus Williams, Serena leads 16-11 in 27 matches
13:46 IST: At 36, Venus Williams can be the oldest to win the women’s singles title
13:45 IST: Serena Williams, in last 8 meetings against Venus Williams, has won 7 matches. Will she continue the winning streak?