Published: Fri, August 31, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Serena to battle Venus in 20-year first at US Open

Serena to battle Venus in 20-year first at US Open

Serena Williams set up a third-round encounter with sister Venus as she defeated Germany's Carina Witthoeft in emphatic fashion at the US Open.

Nike, one of Serena's major sponsors, sent her an awesome message after the catsuit ban.

"What he said about Serena's catsuit was 10,000 times worse than what happened to me on the court on Tuesday, because he's the president of the French federation and because he doesn't have to do that".

However, she was reluctant to discuss Serena when asked to describe the specific challenges.

After an even start to the second set Serena found an extra gear to win three games on the spin, including two further breaks of serve, to thrill the NY crowd and book an expected night session match-up with Venus, seeded 16th, on Friday.

Additionally, WTA World No.79 Victoria Azarenka, a two-time Australia Open champion, was announced as a wildcard for the competition last week.

That's referring to the fact that Serena was pregnant with her daughter when they played in the 2017 Australian Open final. So cheer for me, cheer for Venus. Hours earlier, across the way at Louis Armstrong Stadium, Venus Williams did her part with another straight-set victory, eliminating 40th-ranked Camila Giorgi of Italy, 6-4, 7-5.

Serena Williams made it through to the third round of the US Open on Wednesday, setting up a clash with sister Venus.

Elina Svitolina advanced again after a stunning first-round exit at Wimbledon, as she looks to continue toward her first Grand Slam win and build off of a career-best fourth-round appearance in 2014.

Cornet said she was stunned that the furor had caused so much controversy and was happy to accept the USTA's apology.

"But it's definitely going to be a really tough match for me".

Defending champion Sloane Stephens avoided an early exit, recovering from a set down to defeat Ukrainian qualifier Anhelina Kalinina 4-6 7-5 6-2. "I think we're used to it now".

The 17th seed hit 13 aces and finished the match by winning 77% points off her first serves. "I played so many other sports, and I was just interested in a lot of other sports and different things", said the world number 74 who faces French Open runner-up Dominic Thiem for a place in the last 16.

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