Serena sees off Witthoeft to set up Venus clash

Ruben Holloway
August 30, 2018

The Williams' sisters third-round meeting is earlier than they have met in a Grand Slam in 20 years.

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.

They own eight US Open singles championships, six by Serena.

"Obviously, it's early in the tournament, so both of us are going to be looking forward to continuing to play better".

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Stephens is defending a grand slam title for the first time and had to battle through her nerves and past qualifier Anhelina Kalinina, finding herself a set down and two games from defeat before turning things around to win 4-6 7-5 6-2.

"(Serena is) definitely fully capable of winning tonight's match", she said. "I'm going to get the information first and then we see if we make a revolution or not, '" said Cornet.

Seeded women who advanced on another day with the temperature topping 95 degrees included No. 7 Elina Svitolina and No. 8 Karolina Pliskova in straight sets.

They've played each other in the finals of all four Slams, including at the US Open in 2001 (when Venus won) and 2002 (when Serena did).

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White famously wore a body suit to play in Wimbledon in 1985 - but was told during the tournament, the suit violated the dress code and she needed to change it or she couldn't continue. "Any other questions about anything else?"

"Everything's fine, guys", she said. Anna Wintour looked pleased as she watched Williams beat Witthoeft.

Serena Williams is expecting a tough test against sister Venus as they prepare to clash for the 30 time on Friday in the third round of the US Open.

Azarenka, the 2012 and 2013 runner-up, made the third round for the first time in three years with a 6-1, 6-2 win against Australian 25th seed Daria Gavrilova.

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"If I would say my true feelings, it would be bleeped out, because it was ridiculous". When I woke up this morning, I didn't think that this code violation would become so famous in less than 24 hours, and I'm very surprised about it'.

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