PARIS -- Venus and Serena Williams won their fourth consecutive major doubles title Friday at the French Open. "It feels good - we have a Williams Slam," Serena said. "We've four in a row now so we were really excited about that." The sisters earned their 12th Grand Slam title by beating Katarina Srebotnik and Kveta Peschke 6-2, 6-3.
"My dad told Venus to cross more, and so I think she got upset, and she crossed when the person was serving," Serena said. "I remember that," Venus said. "Our older sister was serving." "Oh my gosh, that was so funny," Serena said. "Dad told me I had to play the forehand, because I was young and I was smaller, and then he put Venus on the backhand. It has been like that ever since. That was 20 years ago?" "At least," Venus said.
The Williams Sisters are only the third women's doubles pair to win four major titles in a row. Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver did it in 1983-84, and Gigi Fernandez and Natasha Zvereva did it in 1992-93.
It's the siblings' second French Open doubles championship, with the other coming in 1999. For several years they played little doubles, but they plan to keep playing together at the major tournaments. "We just realize what it's like to have that major title next to your name, and it's pretty addictive," Venus said. "When you're out there and you're playing singles, it's a great feeling obviously," Serena said. "But also to play doubles with someone that's your sister, your flesh and blood, that's even better."
The sisters said they had no plans to play doubles more regularly on the women's tour, but will continue to play together at the grand slam events. Next stop for both of them will be Wimbledon, where they have won the doubles four times, their last victory coming in 2009.