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Venus downs Serena to reach Montreal final

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Venus Williams has reached the final in her first ever appearance in Montreal © Getty Images
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Venus Williams beat sister Serena 6-7(2) 6-2 6-3 to reach the Rogers Cup final for her first win over her sibling in more than five years.

The 34-year-old Venus had not topped Serena, 32, in five matches going back to Dubai in 2009, though world No.1 Serena still leads the all-time series 14-11.

Bellis, 15, into US Open

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  • Bellis, from California, is the second-ranked junior in the world and becomes the youngest USTA Girls' 18s national champion since Lindsay Davenport also won at 15 in 1991.

Unseeded Venus started with strong serving and took a 3-1 lead before Serena tied it 3-3. The younger sibling and defending champion prevailed in the tie-breaker, taking a 4-0 lead.

Venus dominated the second set, breaking Serena's serve twice and taking advantage of unforced errors.

Serena made two errors and dropped serve to fall behind 4-2 in the third set. Venus, who dropped serve only once in the match, served for the win at 5-3. Venus hit a rocket serve on her third match point that Serena returned into the net. Serena had 19 aces and nine double faults, and Venus had six aces and two doubles faults.

Serena was coming off a victory last week in Stanford, California, in her first tournament since withdrawing from a doubles match at Wimbledon because of equilibrium problems.

Venus will face third-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska in the final after the former Wimbledon runner-up beat Ekaterina Makarova 7-6(1) 7-6(3).

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