Serena, Venus Williams set up early US Open sister showdown

US Open Camila Giorgi Venus Williams top off Alize Cornet

She was ever-so-slightly more forthcoming during her on-court interview, joking, "The last time we played, at the Australian, it was two against one, " a reference to the fact that Serena was pregnant when she beat Venus in the 2017 Australian Open final.

And the 23-time Grand Slam champion admitted that it is not easy to switch her mindset to beating Venus rather than hoping she wins. I've never owned a pair of jeans that didn't have stretch in them; I couldn't fit them. Venus won 6-3, 6-4 in Serena's first WTA tournament since giving birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia, in September. It will be the earliest they have met in a major tournament since their first meeting in the second round of the 1998 Australian Open.

The clip features Williams and her father Richard Williams, who can be heard telling her to imagine she is at the US Open - a tournament she has now won an incredible six times.

Two-time champion Venus beat Italy's Camila Giorgi 6-4 7-5. "I think they have always played really good matches and super competitive".

Cornet said she was stunned that the furor had caused so much controversy and was happy to accept the USTA's apology. "I'm going to get the information first and then we see if we make a revolution or not, '" said Cornet.


During her post-victory news conference, which came long before Serena set foot on court against Witthoeft, Venus clearly had little interest in entertaining questions about the possible all-in-the-family match.

"I love a short skirt", Williams said.

Estonia's Kaia Kanepi followed up her first round win over world number one Simona Halep by seeing off Jil Teichmann of Switzerland, 6-4, 6-3.

The third-seed fired an ace on match point to complete the comeback, which took two hours and 46 minutes on a hot and humid day on Arthur Ashe Stadium. "My designs are inspired by strong, sexy, sophisticated, sassy, sure, smart, stylish, silly, and spontaneous women who are living their best lives, or making it up as they go-kinda like me". The good thing is nobody knows who's going to win.

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