Venus wins sister battle

Venus Williams came from behind to upset her top seeded sister Serena 6-7 (2/7) 6-2 6-3 and reach the final of the Rogers Cup in Montreal.

Venus started the better of the sisters, breaking in the first game of the match, but Serena was able to get it back to tie it up at 3-3 and she then managed to get the upper hand in the tie-break to carve out a one-set lead.

But Venus was far from done. She again broke Serena's serve first up and this time stayed strong on her own serve, preventing Serena from manufacturing an opening.

Instead, it was Venus who snuck another break before she went on to take the second set and send the match into a decider.

One more break was all Venus needed in the third for a 4-2 lead and, having got her nose in front, she didn't surrender the advantage, using her powerful serve and massive groundstrokes to close out the win - her first victory over her younger sibling since a three-set victory in Dubai five years ago.

The win also saw Venus improve her record to 14-11 against Serena, who was the defending champion having lifted her third Canadian crown last year when the tournament was held in Toronto.

"The level of game we played was pretty high," Venus said. "We're both serving well, returning well, moving well - everything is happening so well that all of our matches seem to be very competitive."

Venus said the victory was testament to the hard work she'd put in this season.

"I think a lot of it is physical and a lot of it is mental, too," she said. "I've been working hard. And more importantly, I've been feeling better. I hope I can keep some of this control in my life - if I have that control, I can enjoy being on the court, and win as well."

Venus will next tackle either third seed Agnieszka Radwanska or unseeded Russian Ekaterina Makarova who clash in the other semi-final.