Grand Slam-seeking Serena versus Venus in quarters

Sun Sep 6, 2015 7:54pm EDT
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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...

Sep 6, 2015; New York, NY, USA; 
Serena Williams of the USA hits to Madison Keys of the USA on day seven of the 2015 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports