Grand Slam-seeking Serena versus Venus in quarters
By Larry Fine
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Serena Williams moved within three wins of achieving the fourth women's calendar-year Grand Slam by routing fellow American Madison Keys on Sunday and setting up a U.S. Open quarter-final clash with sister Venus.
Williams beat the 20-year-old Keys 6-3 6-3 in 68 minutes to book a 27th professional career showdown with her older sister, who advanced with a 6-2 6-1, 50-minute fourth-round victory over qualifier Anett Kontaveit, 19, of Estonia.
Three-time defending champion Serena holds a 15-11 advantage in the sisterly head-to-head series against Venus, splitting their four previous clashes at the U.S. Open.
"She's playing great," 33-year-old Serena said about seven-times grand slam winner Venus, who is two years her elder. "I have to really be ready for that.
"At least one of us, a Williams, will be in the semis."
Top-seeded world number one Serena has won six of the last seven matches against Venus, who beat her younger sister last year in the semi-finals in Montreal.
Venus was quick to identify her biggest challenge in facing Serena in Tuesday's quarter-final.
"Well, obviously, that she's so good. What else can you do except try to win the point and hope she doesn't hit an ace," Continued...