Sisters, Partners, Opponents?!

London, England is known for a lot of things: the Queen, castles, musicals, soccer (futbol for you Europeans), The London Eye, Tower Bridge, and Big Ben, but I think many people would agree that the Wimbledon Tennis Championships are another reason why people like to visit.

My husband and I took a trip to England for a friend’s wedding two summers ago, and we visited all the sites listed above and then some! Being inside the gates of the All England Lawn Tennis Club was my favorite part of the whole trip. Wimbledon had just finished the weekend before we got there, and the courts had already been reseeded for the next year. We got to go in the press room where the players do their interviews, saw all of the courts except for Centre Court because they were building a transparent retractable roof for the 2007 Championships. We got to go through the museum of Wimbledon history and see the former champions’ rackets, shoes, clothes, and even trophies.
Wimbledon has a history of being the most exciting event in tennis, and this year is shaping up to be no exception. Venus and Serena Williams have reached the semi-finals in Women’s Doubles yet again. They will play Nathalie Dechy of France and Casey Dellacqua of Australia for a chance at the finals in both Ladies’ Doubles and Ladies’ Singles.

Venus Williams, a four-time Wimbledon winner, has earned her way to yet another final. Her opponent? None other than her sister, Serena Williams, for the third time. The sisters have not met each other in the finals since 2003, when Serena beat Venus for the 2nd year in a row. Serena has won Wimbledon twice, defeating her sister on both occasions. If history repeats, it looks as though she may hoist a 3rd Wimbledon title before the weekend is over.

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