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Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships - Day Eight

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There’s at least one person with no interest in watching the Williams sisters play each other in the U.S. Open quarterfinals Tuesday night, their mother Oracene Price.  Price said “It’s just hard to see them both going out there and you know they both want it.”

It’s always amazing when 21-time major champion Serena Williams faces older sibling and seven-time major champion Venus Williams in a professional tennis match. This will mark their fifth meeting at Flushing Meadows (each has won twice), the 14th at a major tournament (Serena leads 8-5), and 27th overall (Serena leads 15-11).

The William’s sisters also met two months ago in the fourth round at Wimbledon, and Serena won in straight sets.  Throughout the U.S. Open, many players have been asked what it would be like to beat No. 1-seeded Serena in New York and stop her from becoming the first player in 27 years to win all four major titles in a single season.

But what must it be like for the 23rd-seeded Venus to try to thwart such an effort by her little sister?  Well Price said “I don’t know. You have to ask Venus that question. I know it’s going to be hard, because I know (Venus) wants (Serena) to get it. But what can you say? You know they’re competitors.”

What would Venus say?

According to WRAL news she had this to say “I don’t think anyone wants to be a spoiler. 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.”

As for preparation for this matchup, Venus said: “Even though you’re playing your sister, you have to be prepared and focus. The preparation doesn’t change.”  Venus, who is 15 months older than Serena, has been in a similar spot before.

Venus was the opponent in every final when Serena won four major titles in a row from the 2002 French Open to 2003 Australian Open.  Prior to traveling the world together, practicing together, occasionally playing doubles together, and collecting Grand Slam singles titles and the No. 1 ranking, Venus and Serena Williams were a couple of kids learning to play tennis from Dad on a hard court in Compton, California.

Of course they used to play each other back then, too, of course.  Even though Serena has earned the victory in six of their past matches with money and ranking points at stake, it wasn’t always so.

Venus said “I used to always win in the early days.”

 

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