The Williams Sisters, Serena and Venus will be on opposite court sides in the US Open Round of 32 on Friday – the 30th time since turning professional tennis players.
Serena breezed through her first two games in straight set victories against Polish player, Magda Linette (6-4, 6-0) and Carina Witthoeft of Belgium (6-2, 6-2), respectively; both games played at night.
Venus has struggled through the New York heat, playing both her round one and two games in the daytime over a five-hour period against Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova (6-3, 5-7, 6-3) and Italy’s Carina Giorgi (6-4, 7-5).
The last time the two sisters met, Venus was the victorious one in the Indian Wells classics which marked her sister’s return to court after childbirth.
Final of the 2017 Australian Open made it their last meeting in a grand slam tournament, which the younger Williams won while been two months pregnant.
Serena has recorded more wins between the pair (17-12) and in career (23-7 Grand Slams).
“I feel like throughout our career, [Venus and I] have pushed each other to be the best that we can be,” Serena establishes.
The third round Flushing Meadows match is only their second meeting in the first week of a major tournament since that of 1998 Australian Open.
An optimistic Serena prefers to meet Venus at the later stages of the game but still, “It’s not the end of the world,” she says with the assurance of a thrilling tough match.
“It’s so young in the tournament, but it is what it is.
“It’s not the end of the world. We would rather have met later.
“We’re both going to come out per usual and play our best in front of you guys.”