Sibling showdown No. 30 is locked in.
Six-time champion Serena eased into Friday's third round encounter against her sister with a 6-2, 6-2 win over German world number 101 Carina Witthoeft on the back of 30 winners and 13 aces.
"I hope that we get to play".
Serena Williams of the United States celebrates victory following her women's singles second round match against Carina Witthoeft of Germany on Day Three of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 29, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. 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.
Since Venus won their first-ever clash in Australia, Serena, bidding for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title, has built up an advantage over the last two decades, enjoying a 17-12 head-to-head superiority.
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"As always we will come out and try our best". Serena is No. 26, playing in only the seventh tournament since she was off the tour for more than a year while having a baby. "It sets a tone for us".
"The last time we played the Australian it was two against one so at least this time it will be fair". And when they are playing against each other, it's always very entertaining, great passion, they both bring their best.
Venus won 6-3, 6-4 in Serena's first WTA tournament since giving birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia, in September.
After an even start to the second set Serena found an extra gear to win three games on the spin, including two further breaks of serve, to thrill the NY crowd and book an expected night session match-up with Venus, seeded 16th, on Friday. "Obviously, it's definitely a tough draw".