Happy Birthday Serena: The Williams Sisters And Sport's Sibling Rivalries

The tennis great turns 42 today
10:00, 26 Sep 2023

Serena Williams turns 42 today. The tennis icon is one of the greatest players ever to grace the court. In a career that saw Serena win 23 Grand Slam titles, she also enjoyed an enduring rivalry with her sister, Venus. The siblings played each other 31 times in professional tournaments over the course of 22 years, with Serena enjoying a 19-12 advantage. 

To celebrate this landmark anniversary in the tale of two of tennis’ greatest stars, we look back at other instances of siblings colliding in sport. 

Andy and Jamie Murray

Staying on the court for our first entry, Andy and Jamie Murray have played with one another numerous times over the years, first combining at a senior level in 2005. However, in 2015 the two brothers went head-to-head, with Jamie and regular partner John Peers beating Andy and Leander Paes in the second round of the Rogers Cup in Montreal.



Phil and Gary Neville

Despite finding themselves in the same Manchester United and England sides for a significant chunk of their careers, the two Neville brothers found themselves up against each other when Phil joined Everton in 2005. In fact, Fizzer’s debut for the Toffees was against United with his older brother lining up against him. The Red Devils won that game 2-0.

Michael and Ralf Schumacher

There was only one winner between these two, with Michael’s 91 Grand Prix wins absolutely dwarfing Ralf’s six. However, Ralf did manage to get one up on Michael at the 2001 Canadian Grand Prix which he won despite his older brother starting in pole position. It is the only time in F1 history two brothers have completed a one-two. 

Jerome and Kevin-Prince Boateng 

In 2010, World Cup history was created when these two walked out for different countries to face each other - Kevin-Prince for his country of birth, Ghana, and Jerome for Germany. Younger brother Jerome emerged with the bragging rights after Die Mannschaft won 1-0. The two nations and brothers collided again in 2014 in the same group, this time drawing 2-2.


Bret and Owen Hart  

Regarded as one of WrestleMania’s greatest opening matches ever. At the tenth edition of the annual bonanza in 1994, former WWE Champion Bret Hart faced off against Owen Hart, who had turned heel against his brother just a few months earlier. This encounter, lasting just over 20 minutes, concluded when Owen rolled up an unsuspecting Bret for the three-count.

Pau and Marc Gasol

Famously traded for one another in 2008, Pau and Marc Gasol are NBA royalty with three rings, nine All-Star appearances, six all-NBA berths between them. They faced each other a total of 35 times in NBA games, with Pau holding a 22-13 winning record over Marc, including a 4-2 record in playoffs.

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