Serena Williams and Venus Williams tee up US Open meeting

Serena Williams Rocks Tutu At US Open After 'Wakanda' Catsuit Ban

Serena Williams Rocks Tutu At US Open After 'Wakanda' Catsuit Ban

Sibling showdown No. 30 is locked in. Williams, ranked 26th, was boosted to the tournament's No. 17 seed, one spot below older sister Venus, a two-time U.S. Open victor. This Williams vs. Williams matchup will be the earliest they've faced each other at a grand slam tournament in 20 years.

"Unfortunately and fortunately, we have to play each other". The criticism directed at the US Open came in swiftly, and the rule was overwhelmingly decried as sexist and antiquated.

Venus, the 2000 and 2001 champion, made the third round for the 17th time with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Camila Giorgi of Italy. The 38-year-old, who suffers from Sjogrens Syndrome - an autoimmune disorder that can cause joint pain and sap energy levels - labored through the afternoon heat to help set up the anticipated rematch. By playing her opening match of the US Open in a tutu. It's enough. You know, the things with the cat suit, I personally don't understand it. Even though the U.S. Tennis Association bumped her seeding up to reflect her past success, it still placed her at No. 17. "It sets a tone for us".

That was a reference to Serena being in the early stages of pregnancy with her daughter Olympia.

He said "sometimes we've gone too far", adding that Serena's outfit "will no longer be accepted". "It's definitely a tough draw".

And the pair are looking forward to facing off once more at the US Open, although wish the clash was later on in the tournament.

"You're beating it up now".

Drawing one of the largest crowds to a media conference at the tournament this year, she was quick to downplay what had happened to her, saying the umpire was probably just overwhelmed and crediting the US Open for apologizing.

"Friday will be incredibly hard", said Serena before she jokingly hit back at Venus's claim that when they last met at a Slam in the final of the 2017 Australian Open her sister had an advantage as it was "two against one".

"When I woke up this morning, I didn't think that this code violation would become so famous in less than 24 hours", she said.

She faces Belarus' Victoria Azarenka next, after the former world number one beat Daria Gavrilova 6-1 6-2.

Six-time champion Serena, who missed last year's edition to give birth to her first child, impressed as she mixed 30 winners with 13 aces to progress in 67 minutes against the world No 101. I mean, wonderful really.

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