Published On: Tue, Jan 27th, 2015

Australian Open: Big Battles to Watch Out for on Wednesday

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The business end of the Australian Open promises to have closely-fought wars from veterans as well as young guns – both dreaming of lifting the titles.

Melbourne: Once upon a time, the story of women’s tennis was all about Serena and Venus Williams: The two sisters who rose from the concrete courts of Compton, California to play such transcending tennis that for a while the Grand Slams were nicknamed the Sisters Slams.

But over the years, Serena surged ahead to win 18 majors titles, a few new stars emerged and Venus was left behind. Venus has won an impressive seven Grand Slam titles, but hasn’t been considered a top contender for years due to injuries and other health problems.

Now at the age of 34, Venus is enjoying a late-career resurgence that has been on full display at the Australian Open where both sisters have reached a Grand Slam quarterfinal for the first time since 2010. Each will play a younger opponent Wednesday who has never won a major. If the Williams’ prevail there will be a Sisters Semifinal — which would be their 26th career meeting and their first since 2009 Wimbledon.

That is just one of the compelling story lines as the Australian Open heads into Day 10, where the quarterfinal matchups are filled with back stories of revenge and revival and rising young stars looking to unseat the returning champions.

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