2012 female US Open champion Serena Williams is set to face her sister, Venus, in an exhibition match when the two players visit South Africa in early November.
The Grand Slam champions are said to be “proud and humbled” at being invited to travel to the country by a women’s charity and will also attend a coaching clinic in the well known South African township of Soweto. The Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg will be the venue of the exhibition match, the first time that these two legends of the open era will face each other in Africa.
Closing out the year with her victory in Flushing Meadows, 2012 has seen Serena make a remarkable ascension back to the very top of women’s tennis. Recovering from her shocking first round exit at the French Open, Serena triumphed at Wimbledon (her fifth Wimbledon singles title) and took Olympic gold in London during the Summer Games. Her two Slam titles gained this year have given Serena 15 career Grand Slam titles.
Although the 2012 season has been a turbulent one for Venus with various pull outs due an ongoing illness, she did bounce back with a 13th Grand Slam doubles title in Wimbledon and won the Olympic gold medal in doubles with her sister. Speaking of how the two are “extremely excited” to travel and play in South Africa, Venus also spoke of relishing the opportunity to play against Serena after her “gold medal at the Olympics, her win at Wimbledon and now the US Open”