After winning her second-round match 6-2, 6-2 over Carina Witthoeft of Germany at the US Open on Wednesday night, the 17th-seeded Williams admitted not being comfortable asking fans to stick with her for Friday’s third-round encounter.
ROBERT DEUTSCH, USA TODAY SPORTS
That’s because the 36-year-old Serena will be playing her older sister, 38-year-old Venus, and not pushing her own cause was way more than just about respecting her elder.
The two siblings have remained remarkably close, and this 30th staging of their career rivalry isn’t about to change that reality. Serena holds the 17-12 advantage, and is 10-5 at Grand Slam events.
Venus’ second-round victory against Camila Giorgi of Italy earlier yesterday, in essence was just a vehicle to help deliver her to the most anticipated match at this US Open. Since the women’s draw was released last week, the conversation has been all about the potential of an all-Williams sister third-round encounter.
The 16th-seeded Venus did her part under the broiling sun, with temperatures soaring to 96 degrees. She sent Giorgi packing 6-4, 7-5 in nine minutes shy of the two-hour mark.
The first time the siblings played was in the 1998 Australian Open second round with Venus winning. The last time they played was in this year in the third round at Indian Wells in March with Venus also winning.
Despite who wins this next installment of a Williams family thriller, one fact is a given. Once they get on court they’ll both play to win.
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