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The Goddess Awaits
The Goddess Awaits
By Richard Kent
FLUSHING NY (BASN);She is the elder statesman at the US Open. Make no mistake about that. She is wise, even beyond her 35 years about tennis, life and this years Open.
Venus “The Goddess” Williams may not be shooting for a Grand Slam this year, but she still owns 7 Grand Slam singles titles and 2 US Open titles, in 2000 and 200. Her last Slam victory was at Wimbledon, in 2008.
Williams is still very protective about her younger sister, Serena and is obviously thrilled that she is not far away from history, with a Grand Slam.
But don’t count her game out as of yet. She is seeded no. 23 and beat no. 12
Belinda Bencic, 6-3, 6-4 on Saturday, before a boisterous crowd, virtually all of whom were pulling for her.
Bencic, at 18 is only one of 2 players to have beaten Serena this year, at Toronto and is also coached by an old Venus rival, Martina Hingis, who was sitting in the Bencic box.
Venus was aware of her presence and acknowledged her as still a great player. Hingis is a top doubles player now in her career.
Williams noted that her father, Richard, the individual who shaped both her and Serena’s game, no longer travels to all of her matches, but his presence is always with her.
She will play again on Monday and if she wins, that would shape up a quarters match with Serena, a player who has owned her over recent years.
Venus did not want to look that far in the draw, but did note that such a match would excite her. No matter how you slice it, it is the match that everyone in the tennis world hope for when the US Open draw was made nearly 2 weeks ago. Serena vs. Venus. Quarter finals of the US Open.Tonight.
Serena is seeking the fourth leg of the Grand Slam and her 7th US Open win, ranging from 1999-2015. Venus, beset by injuries over the years, has won 2 US Open titles in 2001-2. The younger Williams holds a 15-11 advantage over her older sister and defeated her this year at Wimbledon.She also holds an 8-5 lead in Majors.The 2 first played at the 1998 Australian Open, with Venus winning.
Serena reached the quarters with a 6-3,6-3 win over young American star, Madison Keys. After the win, Serena noted that Venus, “is playing great” while Venus beat Anett Konyaveit 6-2, 6-1 in just 50 minutes.Currently playing her best tennis in recent memory,Venus doesn’t have the power to compete with Serena, who may be playing the best tennis of her life and is certainly serving her best ever.
Look for Serena to win in 2 sets, 1 of which should be close.
It would certainly make for a wild night at the Open.