Wednesday, 31 October 2012



Talking of preparations meeting determination, Williams sisters; Serena and Venus served that fact when they confidently said during a press conference in Lagos that they are ready to play the tennis doubles at the 2016 Rio Games for a chance to win their fourth gold medal.
During the press conference

The sisters will be playing an exhibition match with each other on Friday at the Ikoyi Club in Lagos; They arrived Nigeria on Tuesday while they are on a two-nation tour where they will be promoting "the role that women in shifting perceptions and encourage development in africa at all levels", the second country being South Africa as they were accompanied by their mum Oracene Price.
Though, Rio 2016 is still four years away from now, but it show that preparation is in top gear as the sisters could not hide their excitement on the thought of their doubles defence come 2016 in Brazil.
“It’s our main goal,” Serena Williams said. “We were talking … about how we can’t wait to get to Rio. And obviously, bearing that we’re both healthy, that’s our goal to be there.”
And talking of fitness, on Sunday, little sister Serena beat top-ranked Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 6-4 to win the WTA Championships final in Istanbul.
Venus and Serena teamed to win 13 Grand Slam doubles titles and won Olympic gold in doubles in 2000, 2008 and 2012. This year, the sisters beat Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-4 at the London Games.

The Williams sisters have played each other competitively in 23 professional matches since 1998, with Serena winning 13 of these matches. Their overall head-to-head series is 13–10.
Serena who is currently ranked number 3 in the world has played Venus 12 times in Grand Slam singles tournaments and 11 times in other tournaments (including 11 finals).
They have met in eight Grand Slam finals, with Serena winning six times. Beginning with the 2002 French Open, they played each other in four consecutive Grand Slam singles finals, which was the first time in the open era that the same two players had contested four consecutive Grand Slam finals. 

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