Venus defeats Serena to reach Dubai Open tennis final

DUBAI: Venus Williams is through to the final of the Dubai Open after defeating younger sister Serena in a three-set thriller on Friday.

Venus took a 10-9 career lead over Serena after defeating her younger sibling in the Dubai Open semifinals. Sixth seed and Wimbledon champion Venus beat the world No.1 6-1 2-6 7-6 to take a 10-9 lead in competitive matches between the two siblings.

American Venus is now the hot favorite to beat Virginie Razzano in Saturday''s final after the Frenchwoman took just over an hour to beat 16th seed Kaia Kanepi of Estonia 6-1 6-2 in the other semifinal.