Venus + Serena Williams will be facing off for the 17th time today in the first Marquee Matchup of the women's draw when the sisters meet in the US Open quarterfinals. This matchup was eagerly anticipated after their high-quality battle in the Wimbledon final but disappointing because the Sisters Sledge are playing the best ball in the draw and only one can possibly make it to the final Saturday. Oh well.
V completely outclassed Agnieszka Radwanska crushing the ninth seed 6-1, 6-3 by hitting 33 winners to 11 for Aggie and 4 aces to none for the Polish baller. ReRe followed her sister's lead by dismantling Frenchie qualifier Severine Bremond 6-2, 6-2 hitting 24 winners to only 11 errors.
Their head-to-head stands at 8-8 and 2-1 at the US Open in favor of V. Their last meeting was in the Wimbledon final this year where older sis' broke a streak of five straight Grand Slam final losses to ReRe. V came back from a break down in the first set to grab her fifth Wimbledon title and seventh overall.
Here's what V had to say about ReRe:
I think more than anything she likes to win. She loves her job and loves what she does and loves the competition and all that comes with being able to be at the top of what you do, best in the world. Ultimately that's what it boils down to, I think, for both of us.ReRe had this to say about facing V:
It sucked that it can't be the final. At least the semis. It's so soon. Actually for me, I've been really working on playing more and getting my ranking together. You know, it's just disappointing to be so soon.Outlook: This is truly a tough one to call. Clearly ReRe will be super-motivated to avenge the loss to V at Wimby. But she may feel more pressure to defeat her older sister, not to mention having the top ranking on the line, which could lead to tightness and errors. Morevoer, the 26-year old has struggled to close out big matches recently when the going got close - something to watch out for in this match.
V has looked outstanding - calm, cool, and collected on the court. She had the tougher fourth rounder and completely whitewashed Aggie, a very crafty and capable baller in her own right.
I'm thinking this match will most likely go the distance with V edging out ReRe again for a place in the final four.
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