Serena and Venus Williams walked into the legendary Arthur Ashe stadium, as legends themselves, products of their father’s dedication to make them Tennis champions. More importantly, they walked in as sisters, two best friends who just happen to be the world’s favorite sibling rivalry. The match was inevitably destined for greatness.
Two-time champion Venus Williams entered her stage calm and gracefully, focused on playing HER game. She received a warm and welcoming applause, until Serena strutted in and the thousands in attendance erupted. Serena, with only three victories in the way of a grand slam, stifled her intense emotions. The crowd favorite to win the match was clear, but the excitement to marvel at the wonder on the court never faltered.
Serena won the first set 6-2, dominating her big sister and making a confident case for her advancement to the US Open semifinals. However, a passionate Venus came back with a commanding 6-1 round. Unfortunately for Venus, it wasn’t enough to overcome Serena, who rarely loses, as she recovered with a 6-3 set, securing a match with Roberta Vinci in the semifinals.
In a back hair-raising moment, the sisters met at the net embracing one another without an ounce of jealousy or boasting swagger. Nothing but love, respect, and congratulations transpired in that moment and as Venus graciously bowed out, Serena acknowledged how grand that moment was.
Serena told ESPN’s Mary Joe Fernandez, “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.”
Serena improves her record to 16-11 against her sister and is now only two games away from her Grand Slam. If she can accomplish that feat, she will be the first woman since 1988 to win all the single major titles in one season. Congratulations to Serena on a magnificent win tonight and to Venus for a tough fight!