Whether it was Serena Williams in a U.S. Open match in the afternoon or Venus Williams at night, the sistersâ€™ U.S. Open early round matches were swift, methodical and decisive.
â€œI told you, I like quick matches, theyâ€™re the best,â€ said Serena after defeating Russiaâ€™s Elena Vesnina 6-1, 6-1 in the second round.
Venus, who beat Paraquayâ€™s Rossanna De Los Rios 6-0, 6-3, said, â€œI just had a lot more power than she did. Iâ€™m pretty satisfied so far the way itâ€™s gone.â€
Should the sisters get by fourth round opponents Monday, theyâ€™ll clash in a highly anticipated quarterfinal showdown Wednesday. No. 4 Serena plays Franceâ€™s Severine Bremond, a wild card and No. 7 Venus faces No. 9 Agnieszka Radwanska, of Poland. Venus wasnâ€™t shy about predicting the winner of this yearâ€™s womenâ€™s title.
â€œI wish everyone else the best of luck, but Iâ€™m really down with me winning this tournament,â€ Venus said.
The sistersâ€™ father, Richard, who worked with them separately for 1 Â½ hours before each match, usually stays away when they play each other. Richard says his former wife, Oracene, also has made significant contributions to the sistersâ€™ resurgence.
Richard has traveled and trained them extensively this year and both are playing with greater desire and determination.
â€œIf I listen and do what he says, Iâ€™m better off,â€ Venus said. â€œItâ€™s my own fault when I lose.â€
Serena also gives kudos to her father for their success on the court, as well as in life. In Amtrakâ€™s magazine, Arrive, Serena said, â€œThereâ€™s this impression that heâ€™s been calling all the shots in our careers,â€™â€™ Serena said. â€œThat couldnâ€™t be more wrong.
“Many, many years ago, he decided to let us take control of our own destinies. There was a lot of tennis in our lives but it wasnâ€™t the most important thing in our lives. I really enjoyed my childhood and my dad is the kindest, sweetest man Iâ€™ll ever know. He gave me the same kind of life Iâ€™d want my kids to have, when that time comes.â€
Neither Serena nor Venus expects to hang up their rackets anytime soon. Theyâ€™re in sync even when they tackle the question of retirement.
â€œI donâ€™t see an end right now,â€ Serena said.
â€œWeâ€™re playing too well to think about the end,â€ Venus said.
â€œThat doesnâ€™t cross our minds,â€ Serena added.
â€œWe keep getting better,â€ Venus noted.
Richard says he hopes his daughters will allow him to go back to traveling with them to four or five events per year.
â€œThat would help me a lot,â€ he said. â€œIâ€™m hoping theyâ€™ll ask their mother to go to the French Open with them. I really donâ€™t like going there. This year is a lot more than Iâ€™ve ever done. And I really would like being at home.â€
On his daughters retirement plans, Richard said, â€œI heard Venus say at the Olympics that she plans to play in the next Olympics, and I know whatever Venus does, Serena automatically is in. So it looks like theyâ€™ll be around for another four years.”
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