Venus eyes potential clash with Serena


Serena Williams 6-2, 6-2 win on Wednesday night means she will advance to the third round of the U.S. Open where she will face Venus. It will be their sixth face-off in NY.

It's also soonest the sisters have played each other at any Grand Slam since their very first tour match, all the way back at the 1998 Australian Open.

That was a reference to Serena being in the early stages of pregnancy with her daughter Olympia.

"I just sat on the floor, changed my outfit, had two bites of Sushi and a slushie", said the 25-year-old Stephens after seeing off world number 134 Kalinina. Venus won that one.

The reason this match comes so early is that their rankings are not what they've been in the past.

"I hope that I play a little bit better than today [in the next round], go out and compete hard". It seems Anne believes it's not just about black and's about women still getting the short end of the stick in a "man's world".

"You're beating it up now". "Any other questions about anything else?"

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.

Venus said after her match, "we get to play".

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The American needed treatment on a blistered right hand in the second set as the crushing effect of the heat and humidity took its toll.

This will be only the second time the Williams sisters have met in the first week of a major.

"I felt the energy, definitely", Venus said.

Cornet, who received a code violation for removing her shirt on court, scolded her federation president.

The incident sparked an immediate storm over sexism.

Criticism of the umpire's decision followed as he was accused of double standards.

"Normally, I would say cheer for me, but whoever you're feeling like, cheer for me or Venus. They are such different individuals and such different characters on the court". "I think first it was my dad and my mom and my family, going out there to help me and push me".

"I pretty much have a clue [who I could play in the next round]", Venus Williams said. "One must respect the game and the place".

Meanwhile, Ukrainian seventh seed Elina Svitolina also progressed with a 6-2 6-3 win over Germany's Tatjana Maria.