Venus ousts Bencic, heads toward possible Serena clash

Fri Sep 4, 2015 5:05pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Venus Williams struck a blow for the older set and stayed on course for a quarter-finals collision with Grand Slam-seeking sister Serena Williams by beating Swiss teen Belinda Bencic on Friday at the U.S. Open.

Venus Williams, 35, produced a vintage power-game performance to beat up-and-coming 18-year-old Bencic 6-3 6-4 in a third-round match-up between the oldest and youngest players left in the women's draw.

Williams, who played her first U.S. Open in 1997, the year 12th-seeded Swiss was born, won 83 percent of her first serves, and blasted 31 winners, including 15 from the forehand side.

Bencic, who beat 2015 Australian, French and Wimbledon champion Serena Williams on her way to winning in Toronto last month, had been considered a Flushing Meadows contender since rising from 32nd to 12th in the world this year.

Venus Williams said world number one Serena offered some advice on playing Bencic, but added that Williams family revenge was not on her mind.

"Whoever is across the net, that's who I want to beat," she said.

Venus, who won the second of her two U.S. Open titles 14 years ago, had battled to a pair of three-set wins and spent nearly five hours on court to reach the third round but made quick work of Bencic.

"She was just too good I think today," said the Swiss.   Continued...

Venus Williams of the U.S. celebrates after defeating Belinda Bencic of Switzerland in their third round match at the U.S. Open Championships tennis tournament in New York, September 4, 2015. REUTERS/Adrees Latif  
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