Serena, Venus to meet for 30th time at US Open

Sloane Stephens
Sloane Stephens won her only Grand Slam title at the US Open last year

31 August, 2018

Sibling showdown No. 30 is locked in.

"The last time we played in Australia it was two against one so this time it will be fair", joked Venus of her most recent meeting with her sister at the 2017 Australian Open, when Serena won the title despite being in the early stages of pregnancy.

According to USA Today, the two sisters first matched up against one another in the second round of the 1998 Australian Open, a match which Venus won.

"It's so young in the tournament, but it is what it is". We make each other better. We would have liked to have played later but it is what it is.

Serena, the No. 17 seed, ensured Friday's headliner by making quick work of Carina Witthoeft 6-2, 6-2 under the lights at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Hours earlier, across the way at Louis Armstrong Stadium, Venus Williams did her part with another straight-set victory, eliminating 40th-ranked Camila Giorgi of Italy, 6-4, 7-5. The 38-year-old, who suffers from Sjogrens Syndrome - an autoimmune disorder that can cause joint pain and sap energy levels - labored through the afternoon heat to help set up the anticipated rematch. They own eight US Open singles championships, six by Serena.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion said the outfit made her feel like a "superhero" at Roland Garros this year.

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Elina Svitolina advanced again after a stunning first-round exit at Wimbledon, as she looks to continue toward her first Grand Slam win and build off of a career-best fourth-round appearance in 2014.

Tournament officials said in a statement Wednesday that all players can change their shirts when sitting in the player chair, adding that female players can also change their shirts in a private location near the court if it is available without being assessed a bathroom break. "It sets a tone for us".

The 23-time Grand Slam victor wore compression fishnets with her tutu looks to guard against blood clots, a problem she battled soon after giving birth last September.

They have faced each other since then, squaring off in March at the BNP Paribas Open.

Asked if she was excited, Serena responded: 'I wouldn't say it's exciting. We're both going to come out per usual and play our best in front of you guys.

Serena was in control of the match from there.

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