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Sisters set up all-Williams quarterfinal at Open

Sisters set up all-Williams quarterfinal at Open

Now comes a challenge for Venus Williams and Serena Williams at the U.S. Open: A match against each other.
Except, unlike so many of their all-in-the-family faceoffs at Grand Slams, including at Wimbledon in July, this Williams vs. Williams showdown will not decide the championship. Instead, this one will come in the quarterfinals.
Both advanced through the fourth round quite easily on Monday. The No. 7-seeded Venus dismissed No. 9 Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 6-1, 6-3, before No. 4 Serena dispatched wild card Severine Bremond of France 6-2, 6-2.
"Even the semis would have been better than the quarterfinals, but at least one of us will make it to the semis," Serena told the crowd in Arthur Ashe Stadium. "I've got probably the toughest match of the tournament coming up next, so I've got to be ready."
The sisters' matchup on Wednesday will be a tiebreaker of sorts.
They've played 16 times as professionals, with each winning eight. That includes 10 meetings at major tournaments, with each winning five. The most recent was when Venus beat Serena for the title at the All England Club, the seventh all-Williams Grand Slam final.
"I would love to have a winning record," Venus said. "I have a chance."
But because of the luck of the pre-tournament draw, they were placed in the same portion of the bracket _ much to the disappointment of them, U.S. Open organizers and TV types.
"The best part is that we're still here," Venus said, "going stronger than ever, in my opinion."
That is certainly true: Venus has lost a total of 15 games through four matches at Flushing Meadows, while Serena has lost 14.
Of the eight women left in the tournament, only two have won a Grand Slam title: Serena leads all active players with eight, and Venus is right behind with seven.
They won every U.S. Open women's singles championship from 1999 to 2002, meeting in the finals the last two years in that span. Since then, though, Serena hasn't made it past the quarterfinals here, and Venus has reached only one semifinal.


Updated : 2021-10-19 04:23 GMT+08:00