Williams sisters look to turn back clock in quarters

Tue Jan 27, 2015 7:10am EST
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By Greg Stutchbury

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Serena and Venus Williams will be looking to turn back the clock almost six years when they play their quarter-finals at the Australian Open on Wednesday.

The American sisters face the possibility of meeting each other in a grand slam for the first time since the 2009 Wimbledon final if they can first overcome tricky opponents on Rod Laver Arena, with Venus having the toughest challenge.

The 34-year-old will have to deal with teenage compatriot Madison Keys, who is widely considered one of the cleanest strikers of a tennis ball in both the men's and women's game.

Keys blasted the hard-hitting two-times Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova off the court in the third round, with the Czech stating she had been under immense pressure from the Lindsay Davenport-coached 19-year-old.

"Yeah, definitely some similarities," Venus said when asked about the influence Davenport may be having on Keys. "Madison hits a clean ball, goes for it.

"Lindsay used to hit a clean ball. She was so fun to watch play. I loved watching her play. Of course, didn't love watching her hit those clean balls against you.

"So it looks like it's a good match."

Serena, who had a shaky start to her fourth round match with Garbine Muguruza will need to be at her best from the start against last year's beaten finalist Dominika Cibulkova, who beat two-times champion Victoria Azarenka.   Continued...