The tennis star Serena Williams will face her elder sister Venus Williams for a place in the US Open last 16 in the third round of the US Open.
This will be their 30th meeting – Venus won the 29th at Indian Wells in March – and the earliest they have faced each other at a major since that initial match two decades ago.
Speaking ahead of the clash, Serena said: ‘Every match is just looking forward to the next, which is going to obviously be incredibly hard,’
‘It’s obviously a tough match. It’s so young in the tournament. It is what it is. In an ideal world, we’d meet later.
Venus said in her post-match press conference: ‘Yeah, I mean, obviously, it’s early in the tournament, so both of us are going to be looking forward to continuing to play better. ‘Obviously, it’s definitely a tough draw,’ she said in her on-court interview
The Wimbledon finalist, 36, boasts a 17-12 record over her elder sister and has beaten her in seven of eight major finals since Venus won the 2001 US Open showpiece.
Sixteenth seed Venus, 38, beat Svetlana Kuznetsova and Camila Giorgi to reach the third round, while Serena, seeded a position lower, knocked out Magda Linette and Carina Witthoft without dropping a set.