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Venus and Serena Williams to play Australian Open doubles

Serena (L) and Venus Williams (R)Venus and Serena Williams are planning to join forces for the 2008 Australian Open doubles competition. The sisters are always an attraction when they team up, even though their current ranking in doubles is 9999.

The last time we saw them together on court was at this year’s Wimbledon, but then they had to withdraw in the second round because of Serena's injured thimb.

Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley is very excited to have these two champions play together:

“The Williams sisters in full flight on the same side of the net is one of the great sights in tennis,” Tiley said. “They are also one of the most skilled pairings on the world circuit with an incredibly successful record in doubles.”

The Williams sisters are one of only five pairings in women's tennis history to win a career doubles grand slam. They have won six majors (Wimbledon and Australian Open twice, US Open and French Open) and an Olympic gold medal in Sydney in 2000.

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