Here we go again.
In their 20th year of facing each other as tennis professionals, the Williams’ will collide in round 3 of the US Open on Friday.
And in case you forgot, both sisters would rather be playing somebody else.
“I never root against her, no matter what,” Serena Williams said. “So I think that’s the toughest part for me. When you always want someone to win, to have to beat them. I know the same thing is for her. When she beats me, she always roots for me as well.”
Nonetheless, the matchup was sealed Wednesday night on Ashe when Serena obliterated helpless Carina Witthoeft of Germany, 6-2, 6-2. Earlier in the day, Venus wiped away Italy’s Camila Goirgi in straight sets.
Serena, 36 years old and seeded 17th, is competing in her second major since becoming a mother. She was outfitted in all-purple Wednesday and she bruised 101-ranked Witthoeft with 13 aces and 30 winners. The match lasted just 67 minutes and her serve hit 121 mph.
Serena has the edge in the sibling rivalry, 17-12, with 15 of those victories coming in the last 22 matchups. However, Venus won their last contest in March on hardcourt at Indian Wells. It was Serena’s first tournament after giving birth.