Venus eyes Serena clash as US Open sweats in sexism storm

Jo Caldwell
August 30, 2018

The Williams' sisters third-round meeting is earlier than they have met in a Grand Slam in 20 years.

Six-time champion Serena eased into the third round encounter with a 6-2, 6-2 win over German world number 101 Carina Witthoeft on the back of 30 winners and 13 aces.

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"Unfortunately and fortunately we have to play each other", said Serena, 36. "God, I don't know how many I've had in the past 12 months".

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Serena has breezed through her first two matches, both at night; Venus has labored through hers, spending five hours on court in brutally hot conditions, with temperatures soaring in the high 90s in the daytime. "I'm going to get the information first and then we see if we make a revolution or not, '" said Cornet.

"It's obviously a tough match", Serena added.

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Seeded women who advanced on another day with the temperature topping 95 degrees included No. 7 Elina Svitolina and No. 8 Karolina Pliskova in straight sets. "Any other questions about anything else?" she barked.

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"Friday will be incredibly hard", said Serena before she jokingly hit back at Venus's claim that when they last met at a Slam in the final of the 2017 Australian Open her sister had an advantage as it was "two against one". Even though she was wearing a full coverage sports bra, which is routinely used in training, the umpire was not ready to give any leeway. When she beats me, she always roots for me as well.

But 20 years since the sisters' first collision course in the Australian Open, which Venus won 7-6 (7-4), 6-1, another chapter awaits Friday.

"When you take that agency away from says a lot about who feels they have control", McManus said. When I woke up this morning, I didn't think that this code violation would become so famous in less than 24 hours, and I'm very surprised about it'.

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