She was ever-so-slightly more forthcoming during her on-court interview, joking, "The last time we played, at the Australian, it was two against one, " a reference to the fact that Serena was pregnant when she beat Venus in the 2017 Australian Open final.
And today, in her second win - this time against Germany's Carina Witthöft she wore the same outfit only this time it was in lavender. I'm sure they (Serena and Venus) will hate it but I think it's going to be lovely for tennis. Venus won 6-3, 6-4 in Serena's first WTA tournament since giving birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia, in September. The last time they played each other though, in the third round in Indian Wells 2018, Venus won the match in straight sets.
The 23-time Grand Slam victor wore compression fishnets with her tutu looks to guard against blood clots, a problem she battled soon after giving birth last September.
Saturday's (AEST) meeting will be the earliest the Williams sisters have met in a Grand Slam since the 1998 Australian Open. So I think that's the toughest part for me: "When you always want someone to win, to have to beat them", Serena said.
No. 16-seed Venus punched her ticket to the duel earlier in the day by fending off Camila Giorgi 6-4, 7-5 at Louis Armstrong Stadium.More news: Cave diver prepares to sue Elon Musk over 'pedo' claim
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"As always we will come out and try our best".
Cornet said she was stunned that the furor had caused so much controversy and was happy to accept the USTA's apology. "That love-40 game at four all was not looking good and you guys really got me through that".
"Plant-based tennis champion (and new mom) Serena Williams has launched vegan clothing line Serena to inspire confidence in women pressured by society to seamlessly juggle career and family responsibilities".
Defending champion Sloane Stephens avoided an early exit, recovering from a set down to defeat Ukrainian qualifier Anhelina Kalinina 4-6 7-5 6-2. The good thing is nobody knows who's going to win.
Tournament officials said they regret that a player was given a code violation for changing her shirt on the court during a match, clarifying its rules on when that is allowed.