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Venus and Serena Williams will square off against each other for the 27th time at the US Open on Tuesday. It's never easy to face your sister, but the match is even more fraught with tension than usual. A Venus win would dash Serena's hopes of tying Steffi Graf's Grand Slam record and of getting her first-ever calendar year Grand Slam. A Serena win would continue what has to be a painful string of losses for Venus in recent years. It's almost too much to handle. Venus and Serena's mother can't even stand to watch the match.

So instead of dwelling on that psychological viper pit, we decided to look back on an altogether sunnier side of the Venus-and-Serena era: their absolutely towering joint career together in doubles matches.

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While the Williams sisters have battled each other plenty, they've also racked up a mindblowingly dominant record as a doubles unit, winning 21 different titles with each other. The stats are staggering: three gold medals,  five Wimbledon championships, four Australian Open titles, and on and on and on.

Below, a visual history of what happens when Venus and Serena join forces.

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 04:  Venus Williams of United States of America serves next to her partner Serena Williams of the United States of America during their women's doubles third round match against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia and Lucie Safarova of Czech Republic on Day Ten of the 2013 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 4, 2013 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
At the 2014 US Open. (Al Bello/Getty Images)
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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 20:  Venus Williams and Serena Williams of the United States of America are congratulated by Nadia Petrova of Russia and Katarina Srebotnik Slovenia after winning their third round doubles match during day seven of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 20, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images)
Shaking the hands of the losers at the 2013 Australian Open. (Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05:  Serena Williams (R) and Venus Williams (L) of the United States celebrate after defeating Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka of Czech Republic in the Women's Doubles Tennis gold medal match on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on August 5, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Winning the gold medal at the 2012 Olympics. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 28:  Venus Williams (Front) and Serena Williams of the USA  in action during their Ladies' Doubles first round match against Vesna Dolonc of Serbia and Olga Savchuk of Bahamas on day four of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 28, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
At Wimbledon in 2012. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 15:  Venus Williams and Serena Williams of the USA hold their trophies after a straight sets victory against Gisela Dulko of Argentina and Flavia Pannetta of Italy in womens doubles final match during the Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open tennis tournament at the Caja Magica on May 15, 2010 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Winning in Spain in 2010. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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STANFORD, CA - JULY 27:  Venus Williams and Serena Williams warm up before their doubles match against Yi Chen of Taipei and Mashona Washington during the Bank of the West Classic Day 1 at Stanford University on July 27, 2009 in Stanford, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Getting ready in 2009. (Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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WIMBLEDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 25:  Venus Williams of USA (L) and Serena Williams of USA (R) touch hands during the women's doubles first round match against Virginie Razzano of France and Aravane Rezai of France on Day Four of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 25, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Boom. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 27:  Serena Williams of the United States of America returns a shot in her fourth round doubles match with Venus Williams of the United States of America against Su-Wei Hsieh of Chinese Taipei and Shuai Peng of China during day nine of the 2009 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 27, 2009 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)
Making them watch out at the 2009 Australian Open. (Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)
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BEIJING - AUGUST 17:  Venus Williams (L) and Serena Williams of the United States celebrate the gold medal after defeating Virginia Ruano Pascual and Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain in the Women's Doubles gold medal match held at the Olympic Green Tennis Center during Day 9 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 17, 2008 in Beijing, China.  The Williams sisters won the gold medal.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Gold at the 2008 Olympics. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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28Sep 2000: Venus and Serena Williams of the USA celebrate on the court after winning the Gold Medal in the Womens Double Match against Kristie Boogert and Miriam Oremans of the Netherlands during the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games at the New South Wales Tennis Centre in Sydney, Australia.Mandatory Credit: Clive Brunskill  /Allsport
Gold at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. (Clive Brunskill /Allsport)
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25 Sep 2000:  Venus and Serena Williams of the USA in action during the Womens Doubles at the NSW Tennis Centre on Day Ten of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.  Mandatory Credit: Clive Brunskill /Allsport
Sydney. (Clive Brunskill/Allsport)
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9 Sep 1999:  Venus Williams(l) and Serena Williams(r) of the USA celebrate after the doubles match against Mary Joe Fernandez and Monica Seles of the USA in the US Open day 11 at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York. The Williams'' defeated Fernandez and Seles 6-3, 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Squire  /Allsport
At the 1999 US Open. (Jamie Squire/Allsport)
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