"We make each other better".
Serena Williams set up the highly anticipated matchup at Flushing Meadows by hitting 13 aces and overwhelming 101st-ranked Carina Witthoeft of Germany, 6-2, 6-2, in a little more than an hour in Arthur Ashe Stadium on Wednesday night. In terms of winners and unforced errors, this translates to 30 winners and 10 unforced errors for Williams and 10 winners and 15 unforced errors for the German.
The American third seed, treated for blisters in the second set, won 4-6 7-5 6-2 in two hours and 46 minutes.
They will play Friday, and it is going to be their 30th tour-level encounter - plus, of course, all those times when they traded shots from across the net as kids in California, then on practice courts all around the world.
Venus now trails 12-17 in their head-to-head matches and is 5-10 down in grand slam meetings between the two. "When she beats me, she always roots for me as well".
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Azarenka was amongst the first players to condemn the United States Tennis Association (USTA) for handing French player Alize Cornet a code violation for changing her shirt on court on Tuesday. "It sets a tone for us".
Venus won their second round clash in Australia in 1998 but Serena, bidding for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title, has built up an advantage over the last two decades, enjoying a 17-12 head-to-head superiority.
So when it came to the US Open, everyone expected her to go back to "traditional" tennis gear but not Serena. They last competed against each other in March during the third round at Indian Wells.
First of all, let us explain, her unacceptable catsuit was specifically worn to prevent blood clots following the birth of her daughter, Alexis Olympia, in 2017. It was a win that will pit the Williams sisters against one another in the next round, as Serena will play Venus. "It's a tough draw".