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Venus Williams Defeats Sister Serena, Heads to Wimbledon Finals

Aired July 6, 2000 - 2:06 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: Venus Williams whipped her little sister today and seemed happy to have the match over with. The scene was Center Court at Wimbledon, the occasion one of the most talked-about tennis matches in a quite a few years.

From All England Tennis Club, here's CNN's Tom Mintier with the reports on Venus versus Serena.

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TOM MINTIER, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): It was to be a match the likes of which tennis fans had not seen for more than a hundred years: two sisters on Center Court at Wimbledon. It was the hottest ticket in town this week, 20-year-old Venus Williams facing off against younger sister Serena for the chance to win it all on Saturday.

Most of the spectators we talked to probably had never seen either Venus or Serena play. Many felt the buildup to this match could rekindle interest in women's tennis no matter who won.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Oh, I think it's probably good very tennis and youngsters. I mean, they're relatively young. So I think, you know, it's good for tennis.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It's original. I've never known it before. I don't think it's even in the rule books or anything like that. And it's -- this is why a lot of people, like today, want to try and get into see this, because it's never happened before.

MINTIER: The older and more powerful Venus wasted little time proving her skills to the younger sister, winning the first set six games to two, a set that lasted little more than a half hour. What appeared to be a runaway soon turned into a nail-biter as younger Serena made a comeback to take the second set to a tie-breaker. But in less than two hours, it was all over, Venus Williams defeating her sister to advance to Saturday's finals on Center Court against Lindsay Davenport.

At the net after the match, the pent-up emotions seemed to spill out into the open. Losing is always difficult, but winning?

VENUS WILLIAMS, WIMBLEDON FINALIST: We'll have to move on. It was either going to be me or Serena. In this instance, it was me and I really think she showed me how to play today, actually. I was just doing what she was doing.

SERENA WILLIAMS, WIMBLEDON SEMIFINALIST: I expect to play a lot better than I did today. It was my goal to do better in this tournament. But that's OK. I'm only 18, Venus is 20. So I have a lot of years ahead of me.

MINTIER (on camera): At Saturday's final, it will be Venus Williams on Center Court with sister Serena watching from the stands, rooting for her sister and wondering about next year.

Tom Mintier, CNN, at Wimbledon in London.

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