Serena Williams is set to face a familiar foe, incidentally her elder sister, Venus in the third round of the US Open on Friday.
Serena, six-times US Open champion, on Wednesday night easily dismissed Carina Witthoeft 6-2, 6-2 in her second-round match to punch her ticket into the next round.
The younger of the Williams sister, seeded 17th seed this competition, looks to be in better shape now and that was on display in both of her matches thus far in New York.
Serena Williams had no problem in her second round game against Carina Witthoeft
In the first set against Witthoeft, Serena gave up an early break, but ultimately found her serve and returned well, taking the set with a comfortable 6-2 mark. Witthoeft fought back again at the start of the second, holding serve in close games, but ultimately wasn’t able to get it done.
Wednesday’s match was the first time Serena has played Witthoeft.
Venus, who has won the US Open twice, and seeded 16th at this tournament, needed three sets to take down the tough Svetlana Kuznetsova in her opener, but she got it done, winning 6-3, 5-7, 6-3. She then faced Camila Giorgi on Wednesday, winning in straight sets, 6-4, 7-5.
Venus Williams trails sister, Serena, 17-12 head-to-head
Venus hit fewer winners and didn’t have a great first-serve, but she hit fewer unforced errors and and converted on five of her 10 break attempts.
The Williams Sisters rivalry has seen many swings in momentum, with Serena winning three straight before Venus beat her at Indian Wells earlier this year, 6-4, 6-4.
Overall, Serena leads the head-to-head, 17-12. Serena’s last win over Venus was in the final of the 2017 Australian Open. In Grand Slam matches, Serena leads Venus, 10-5. On hard courts, it’s much closer, with Serena holding a 10-9 edge.
Venus can make hard courts the only surface on which she’s matched her sister if she can win.