Serena Williams is two wins away from the elusive calendar Slam after a three-set victory over her older sister Venus in the quarterfinal of the U.S. Open. Serena moves on to a semifinal match against Roberta Vinci after a 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 win over Venus in front of a star-studded crowd on Tuesday.
In a hard-hitting match that saw high-quality tennis from both athletes, Serena committed just two unforced errors in the first set before Venus answered back to take the second set 6-1. In the third and deciding set, Serena gritted her teeth for a 6-3 win, taking another step towards her record-tying 22nd career Grand Slam title and a calendar Slam for 2015—the first since Steffi Graf’s in 1988.
Venus has played her best tennis in five years this season, reaching two Grand Slam quarterfinals, but Tuesday’s loss at Arthur Ashe Stadium is her second straight in a Grand Slam against her sister, after falling in the fourth round at Wimbledon back in July.
A victory for Serena this weekend would also be the 22nd Grand Slam win of her career, tying her with Steffi Graf for the most wins in the Open era.
On the 14th anniversary of the sisters’ first-ever meeting at the U.S. open, tonight’s win gives Serena a 9-5 edge in Grand Slam meetings over Venus. She leads 16-11 overall in their matches against each other.
(via Bleacher Report)