The world no 1. battled her own sister in the quarterfinals of the U.S Open tonight at Flushing Meadows. This was the 27th encounter of the fiery sisters throughout their career.
Elder sister Venus, who is world no. 23, had braced herself well to emulate the world champion who is almost flawless in her moves. As for Serena, she was equally prepared to face who she considers is the toughest opponent in the tournament after beating Simona Halep on Sunday, npr.org noted.
Venus served a 110 mph ace as recorded by The Guardian, while Serena’s attempts to break it failed, but the younger sister bounced back in her next strike. The first set was played fiercely by both women on either side of a net. Serena having lost merely two matches in the whole year, struck aggressively on each move trying to break the serves, showed excellent footwork and immense skill, only to be reciprocated with equal force by her opponent sister.
Serena ultimately led on to win the first set. The second set started with Venus breaking the serve, where she delivered a perfect backhand strike baffling her sister with ease. Venus blew a sledgehammer ace where she outran the world no.1 effortlessly. Serena fought exceptionally well to smash out some of the most beautiful aces of the tournament.Venus won the second set after a Herculean fight.
The third set began with a bang where Serena grabbed two straight points on her serves elegantly.Venus definitely back-flipped with a powerful forehand blow .
Serena brought on her best moves against someone who knows her weaknesses very well. With a few more classy aces and breathtaking backhand shots, both sisters were a treat to watch! Serena still led the battle with two points until the end of third set where her sister was still holding her shield and fighting as hard as ever. Then with a dynamic ace smashed by Serena, she cried victory!
The overwhelmed sisters hugged and wept on each other’s shoulders after Serena made it to the semifinals against Roberta Vinci. According to The Guardian, in an interview with ESPN’s Mary Joe Fernandez, the champion emotionally interjected about her beloved sibling “She’s the toughest opponent I’ve ever played in my life and the best person I know. It’s going against your best friend and at the same time going against the greatest competitor in women’s tennis.”