Serena and Venus Trade Shots Ahead of Upcoming US Open Match

Serena Williams x 2018 US Open- Day 1

French player Alize Cornet said the decision to ban Serena Williams from wearing a catsuit at future French Opens was "10,000 times worse" than her on-court reprimand at the US Open. Venus won that one as well.

Serena, the world's top-ranked player for 319 weeks of her career, is still climbing back in the rankings after taking time off to give birth and spend time with her daughter Alexis last September. It was a win that will pit the Williams sisters against one another in the next round, as Serena will play Venus.

Of those matches, 15 have come at Grand Slams and while Serena has won a lot of them, she did lose their first major final meeting.

"Normally I say cheer for me, but I say cheer for who you want, me or Venus", said Serena, laughing, according to USA Today.

Venus, ranked 16th, advanced to Friday's third round matchup by defeating Camila Giorgi 6-4, 7-5 earlier on Wednesday.

Venus, seeded 16th, powered through the first set but appeared to lose energy toward the end of the second in broiling conditions inside the newly built Louis Armstrong Stadium.

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"I know when I play her, I have to play some of my best tennis", Serena said.

"So it'll be a while before this even has to come up again", she said. I mean, wonderful really.

In other action, Sloane Stephens made it through after being taken to three sets by Anhelina Kalinina of Ukraine, the defending champion eventually winning 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.

"I love a short skirt", Williams said. "They are totally shocking for me", she said. "My designs are inspired by strong, sexy, sophisticated, sassy, sure, smart, stylish, silly, and spontaneous women who are living their best lives, or making it up as they go-kinda like me". Nadal won 46 of 55 first-serve points and wore down Vasek Pospisil, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2, in Ashe Stadium.

Meanwhile, Spanish 12th seed Garbine Muguruza succumbed to unseeded Karolina Muchova of the Czech Republic who recovered from a set down to win 3-6 6-4 6-4 to book a third round clash with Australian Ashleigh Barty.

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