This is the matchup both tennis players wanted to avoid. Serena Williams is continuing her quest for a calendar grand slam and history after defeating Madison Keys, which has now setup with sister Venus, something she was hoping would not happen. Venus has been thriving during this tournament and playing some of her best tennis in recent time which puts Serena on upset alert Tuesday night.
In four meetings in the US Open, the Williams' sisters have split results with Serena getting the most recent win. However, Venus has certainly beaten her sister and Serena is aware that she knows all of her weaknesses and mistakes to be made which will make for an interesting matchup in the quarterfinals.
"She's playing great," Serena said, via ESPN.com. "I barely had time to get ready for my match because she won so fast. I have to be ready for that. At least a Williams will be in the semis, so that's good. I don't feel any pressure. I wanted that Serena Slam. Winning four in a row at Wimbledon was amazing. Now I have a chance to go for it here, five in a row."
According to Venus, she is well-aware her sister is on the verge of making history. While she certainly does not want to spoil that chance she also wants to win. No one should expect her to merely give in to Serena on Tuesday.
''I don't think anyone wants to be a spoiler. I think people love to see history being made,'' Venus said, via FOXSports.com. ''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.''
Venus is perfectly capable of beating Serena. In 26 meetings, Serena edges her sister 15-11, but Venus thrives on hard court and always comes with her best at the US Open. Serena was able to beat Keys in under 20 minutes despite that match being considered one that would test her. While she has suffered some slow starts and break points during the tournament, she appears to be coming into her own. Venus can say the same thing as this match will not be an easy one to win.