Serena Williams is just two wins away from completing the coveted calendar slam and making history. Unfortunately for her, she had to go through her sister in a US Open Quarterfinal matchup in order to advance.
Serena Williams taking on Venus Williams is always a unique match across all sports. It’s rare to see two siblings take each other on in the same sport so many times. This match was the 27th meeting between the Williams sisters and Serena led the head-to-head series 15-11.
The match was thoroughly entertaining from start to finish. Serena jumped on her older sister early on by winning the first set 6-2. After such a quick first set, Venus was reeling heading into the 2nd set. Yet, Venus stormed back in the 2nd set. At the end of the day, no one knows Serena’s game better than her older sister and very few can match the power of Serena like Venus can.
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After going up 5-1 in the 2nd, Venus would hold her serve and take the set 6-1. After another quick set, Serena had to respond fast with the momentum shifting in her sister’s favor. As all the great players do, she came back in the 3rd set and took over the match.
Serena was clicking on all cylinders and hitting winner after winner on Venus’ serve. Serena Williams would go on to take the third set 6-3 to advance to another US Open semifinal.
The two sisters shared an emotional moment afterwards as they embraced in the middle of the court.
This matchup was worth all the hype and it was Serena Williams who emerged victorious. Serena’s next match will be against an unseeded Italian in Roberta Vinci. Williams is 4-0 all time against Vinci so it would be a shock if Vinci came out and pulled off an upset.
If Serena Williams were to win the 2015 US Open, she would tie Steffi Graf for most Grand Slam singles titles in the Open Era with 22. Serena would also be the first women to complete the calendar slam since Steffi Graf did it back in 1988.