PARIS -- A Williams is No. 1, a Williams is No. 2, and the French Open final is Williams vs. Williams.
How's that for fulfilling a father's prophecy?
Serena Williams tossed her racket 10 feet in the air after outlasting defending champion Jennifer Capriati 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-2 in a baseline bashfest. Just 1 1/2 hours later, older sister Venus Williams simply smiled and waved after powering past Clarisa Fernandez 6-1, 6-4 in Thursday's second semifinal.
''History is definitely being made,'' Serena said. ''Hopefully, one of us will win the French Open. Well, obviously, one of us will win the French Open.''
When the new WTA Tour rankings are released Monday, they'll be the first siblings to sit 1-2: Serena's semifinal victory pushes her past Capriati to a career-best second, while Venus already was assured of overtaking Capriati at No. 1.
Not once in the 20th century did siblings meet for a Grand Slam title; now it's about to happen for the second time in nine months. Venus whipped Serena 6-2, 6-4 in September's U.S. Open final, the first at a major between sisters since Wimbledon in 1884.
That lackluster match was typical of their encounters. The sisters never play as well against each other as they do against everyone else.
''We've reached the best of our profession,'' said Venus, who holds a 5-2 edge in family faceoffs. ''Actually, I'd like to stay No. 1, but I'd like to see Serena No. 1, also. I'm not giving it up, but I'm sure she'll get there.''
Their father, Richard Williams, long has predicted -- to the scoffing of some -- that his daughters eventually would collect a bunch of major titles and be Nos. 1 and 2. Williams, who didn't make the trip to Paris, learned the game from magazines and videos so he could coach his girls, and he likes to say he knew when Venus was 4 she would be a star.
''Serena will be the best on the WTA Tour,'' he said in 1998. ''But Venus has a lot of pride and nothing will get in the way of her getting to No. 1 first.''
After Saturday's final, the family total will rise to six Grand Slam singles titles. Serena got the first, at the 1999 U.S. Open, while Venus has won both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open the past two years.
Neither had been past the quarterfinals at the French Open before, but they've been tremendous this time. Venus has lost just 29 games in six matches, while Serena stopped Capriati's 12-match Grand Slam winning streak.
Venus needed just 19 minutes to win the first set against the 87th-ranked Fernandez -- the first unseeded semifinalist at Roland Garros since Capriati in 1990 -- and didn't allow a single winner by the Argentine until late in the match.
It was a lopsided undercard after the Main Event.
Serena-Capriati was magical at times and emotional throughout, with both players pumping fists, yelling at themselves, and producing stellar strokes.
The tenor of the match was established on the last point of the fourth game. There were enough shots to fill a highlight film, including saves of a lob and a net cord, until Serena's drop-shot try fell short. When the point ended, Serena took a knee at the baseline and put her racket on the ground, like a batter in the on-deck circle, and Capriati grabbed the top of the net and leaned on it.
The normally tireless Capriati -- she won last year's final 12-10 in the third set, and erased a final-record four match points in rallying to win the Australian Open in January -- wore down. At 6-5 in the second set, she had a ball boy take her racket to her chair and bring her a new one.
Serena took command of the tiebreaker by stringing together a 106-mph ace, a 116-mph service winner, and a sharply angled backhand to get to 6-2. Capriati then double faulted.
Serena went up 4-2 in the final set by converting her sixth break point when Capriati erred with a drop shot on the rally's 20th stroke.
''When every point means so much, you can't really afford to make mistakes,'' said Capriati, who's lost five straight matches against Serena. ''That probably put more pressure on both of us, too. You feel more tense.''
Indeed, Serena had 76 unforced errors -- ''That's scary!'' she said -- and Capriati 60. Tellingly, Capriati's 10 groundstroke winners were 18 fewer than Serena's.
Before the women took over Center Court, the men's quarterfinals were completed.
Andre Agassi's bid for an eighth major title was ended by 11th-seeded Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain; Marat Safin eliminated Sebastien Grosjean; and Alex Corretja, last year's runner-up, completed a victory over Andrei Pavel, who had just 3 hours of sleep after returning from Germany on Wednesday night following the birth of his son. Their match was stopped because of darkness Tuesday.
On Friday, Ferrero will play in his third straight French Open semifinal, facing Safin, the only man to make the semis at the last three majors. Corretja plays Albert Costa in an all-Spanish semifinal.
It's the second time since 1998 that a trio of Spaniards made the semis.
Not too shabby. But how about two players from one family in a final?
It's enough to make a mother wonder how to root. While Richard Williams Oracene Williams wouldn't take sides Thursday, she was leaning one way.
''This time, maybe, I don't know, I'd like Serena to get (a Grand Slam title), because she hasn't got one since '99,'' she said after watching her daughters' matches, ''and that's what she wants so bad.''
Notes: Serena beat Venus 6-2, 6-2 in their last meeting, at Key Biscayne, Fla., in March. ... Venus, who turns 22 on June 17, is 15 months older than Serena.
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