So who’s the best Willams sister – Venus or Serena? It’s a fair question, as fair as any in this day of “best ever” debates. And it’s specifically apropos today after Venus thumped an overmatched Marion Bartoli 6-4, 6-1 on Sunday to win her fourth Wimbledon title, and probably her most unexpected one. The former No. 1 player was “seeded” 23d and was largely an after-thought going into the tournament.
The victory gives Venus 14 Grand Slam titles, including six singles, six women’s doubles (all won with Serena), and two mixed doubles titles. Sister Serena? She has 16 Grand Slams, comprising eight singles, the six doubles titles won with her sister and two mixed.
The two extra singles titles seem to suggest that Serena is the better of the two, as of now. But ponder this: Five of those singles titles were won when Serena defeated big sister Venus in the final. Normally, that head-to-head stat would put Serena over the top. But anyone who watched those matches knows Venus as torn emotionally as the Big Sis who had always been a responsible caretaker and nurturer when the women were growing up. The contradiction in her face was palpable every time she faced Serena. Venus won their first matchup, in the 2001 U.S. Open final but she looked as if having a tax audit would be more fun and she’s not beaten littler sister in a Grand Slam final since.
Venus or Serena? It’s not as easy as you think.
Who’s your pick?