Williamses renew rivalry as little sister eyes Serena Slam

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By Pritha Sarkar

LONDON (Reuters) - With her heart racing as she stood two points from defeat in her third round match at Wimbledon, Serena Williams looked in serious danger of missing out on a 26th on-court date with older sister Venus.

For a fleeting second, the American even contemplated finding "a dance class" while she "hung around to watch Venus play" as brave Brit Heather Watson looked like she would deny the sisters a chance to renew their Wimbledon rivalry by toppling the world number one.

Those dance classes were soon a distant memory as U.S., Australian and French Open champion Serena kept alive her dreams of completing the "Serena Slam" by setting up a fifth All England Club showdown with her sister.

A contest that will feature two women who between them have hoisted the Rosewater Dish 10 times since 2000 has the potential to be a classic but could very well turn out to be the ultimate anti-climax as has been the case in many of their previous meetings.

"I'm one of the few people that has experienced what it's like to play, in my case, my brother (Patrick) on the tour," said American great John McEnroe.

"I know this is wrong but I thought to myself if I lose to my brother I'm going to go and jump off the top of the Empire State Building.

"I love my brother and it should be that if you're going to lose to anyone, you want it to be your brother. But there is some weird dynamics.

"I've always been amazed that Serena and Venus have been able to handle it so well because the older person is supposed to win. Serena is feeling a lot of pressure as she's going for history, go for the grand slam, so Venus has got an opportunity."   Continued...

Venus Williams of the U.S. (L) and Serena Williams of the U.S.wave after defeating Oksana Kalashnikova of Georgia and Olga Savchuk of Ukraine in their women's doubles tennis match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London June 25, 2014.     REUTERS/Max Rossi