U.S. Open Report: Another Classic

By Richard Kent
Updated: September 4, 2008

NEW YORK — It was all it was built up to be and more. The only thing missing was that they were not playing for a U.S. Open Championship as they did at Wimbledon.

Serena Williams beat Venus Williams 7-6,7-6 on Wednesday night at the Open. It was a quarterfinals match. The emotional Serena fought back the entire match but had the crowd behind her.

There were frequent chants of “Go Serena” before the sold out crowd. Venus got off to a quick lead on a break in the first set and had a set point to win the set, but Serena fought back before a screaming crowd.

The second set was more of the same. Venus went up 5-3 in the set and Serena clawed back to even it at 6-6 once again. Venus had numerous set points and actually had a 5-2 lead in the tie-break.

However, Serena would not be denied. Her serve got stronger and Venus made a number of unforced errors. They seemed to both be relieved that the match was over, but for different reasons.

Their father, Richard Williams was not in attendance as he has trouble watching his daughters play each other. Serena will face Russian Dinara Safina on Friday with the winner scheduled to meet the winner of Elena Dementieva and Jelena Jankovic on Saturday.

The reason that the word scheduled is used is because inclement weather is forecast for Saturday. The women’s final is scheduled for Saturday night. There are a number of contingency plans being discussed right now by the USTA but none have been announced.

It would be most logical to move the entire Saturday session to Sunday and hold the men’s finals on Monday, probably during the day as CBS has a host of programs in the evening that would be difficult to move.