- Australian Open 2017: Venus & Serena Williams to meet in ninth Grand Slam final
- Australian Open 2017: tournament news, schedule, live scores and TV coverage
Australian Open 2017: Venus & Serena Williams to meet in ninth Grand Slam final
Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal - Australian Open 2017 Final (highlights HD)2017
In tennis, the Australian Open Series , sometimes known as the 'Australian Summer of Tennis' which includes a group of hard court tournaments that starts on July 1, and concludes with the men's singles final at the Australian Open on January 29, Johanna Konta was the defending champion,but chose not to participate this year. Novak Djokovic was the two-time defending champion, but lost in the second round to the th ranked Denis Istomin from Uzbekistan. Roger Federer won his fifth Australian Open title, and 18th Major title overall, defeating Rafael Nadal in the final in five sets. With the win, Federer became the first male player to win at least five titles at three Grand Slam tournaments five at the Australian Open, seven at Wimbledon and five at the US Open.
Venus and Serena Williams will meet in a Grand Slam final for the ninth time after the American sisters came through their semi-finals in Melbourne. Thirteenth seed Venus, 36, beat fellow American Coco Vandeweghe to reach her first major final since World number two Serena, 35, saw off unseeded Croat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in the second semi-final. It would also be a seventh Australian Open victory for the younger Williams sister, while Venus hopes to win an eighth major title, first in Melbourne and first since Wimbledon in Saturday will be their first Grand Slam final against each other since Wimbledon when Serena won in straight sets. Media playback is not supported on this device.
The Scot, coming off a magnificent with a second Wimbledon crown, a successful Olympic title defence and the year-end top ranking, has lost five Melbourne finals, four of those to Djokovic. The Serb will launch his bid for a record seventh Australian Open title with a mouth-watering first round match against Fernando Verdasco. Australian Open defending men's and woman's champions Serbia's Novak Djokovic, left, and Germany's Angelique Kerber carry their trophies. Roger Federer, seeded 17th after the longest injury lay-off of his near year career, eases back in to grand slam action against qualifier Jurgen Melzer. But the Swiss master's path to an 18th grand slam title is likely to mean passing a huge third round hurdle against Japan's Nishikori.
Australian Open 2017: tournament news, schedule, live scores and TV coverage