Venus and Serena set stage for huge quarter-final clash

Sun Sep 6, 2015 6:06pm EDT
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By Steve Keating

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Williams Family show took center stage at the U.S. Open with Serena and Venus both winning on Sunday to set up a monster quarter-final between the tennis siblings.

Whenever the Williams sisters clash on court it is a major tennis event but with older sister Venus, a twice U.S. Open winner, standing in the way of defending champion Serena's quest for a rare calendar-year grand slam their meeting on Tuesday has been elevated to a must see sporting event.

With Serena bidding to become just the fourth woman to win all four grand slams in the same year, the U.S. Open hype machine that already had been in top gear is now set to crank into overdrive.

The Williams sisters have met 26 times over their careers with Serena coming out on top 15-11 but meeting number 27 will have more than the usual sibling rivalry riding on the outcome.

"Obviously getting to a Grand Slam semifinal is the next step toward the final. Pretty clear what's up for grabs here," said Venus. "I think people love to see history being made.

"No one is out to be a spoiler, but at the same time, you're focused on winning your match even though the circumstances are really much different than you.

"You still have to prepare, still have to play well.

"Even though you're playing your sister you have to be prepared and focus. The preparation doesn't change."   Continued...

Serena Williams of the U.S. makes a sign towards fans after defeating compatriot Madison Keys in their fourth round match at the U.S. Open Championships tennis tournament in New York, September 6, 2015. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri