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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 18 December 2018

Serena Williams backing Venus to keep Wimbledon title in the family

Serena says Venus 'has to believe that' for her to be able to win a sixth title at All England club.

Venus Williams has won the Wimbledon singles title five times, but her last victory was in 2008. Tony O'Brien / Reuters
Venus Williams has won the Wimbledon singles title five times, but her last victory was in 2008. Tony O'Brien / Reuters

Serena Williams is backing older sister Venus Williams to keep the Wimbledon title in the family for another year when the 37-year-old player takes on Spain's Garbine Muguruza in the women's final on Saturday.

Venus beat Johanna Konta on Thursday to reach her ninth Wimbledon final and Serena, who missed her title defence after becoming pregnant with her first child, believes her sibling can win a sixth All England Club crown.

"I have to believe that, and I know she has to believe that. We work so many years for these moments that she has right now, and I'm really happy for her," the 23-time grand slam winner told Yahoo Sports.

"I'm proud of her, everyone is proud of her. She's such an amazing person, and she's so nice, and she's been through a lot obviously, but we are always rooting for her."

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Venus has overcome Sjogrens Syndrome and several injuries to reach her first Wimbledon final since 2009 and Serena believes her sister's triumphs inspire others suffering from the auto-immune disease.

"She's been through her illness, and she keeps fighting through it, and it would just mean so much, not just for her but for people who suffer what she suffers just to realize that this isn't, this doesn't have to be it," Serena said.

"You can go through what she goes through and still come out on top."

Venus has beaten Muguruza in three of their four meetings to date but will be wary of the world No 15 after the 23-year-old Spaniard knocked her out of the Italian Open in May.

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