The U.S. Open quarterfinals match between Venus and Serena Williams is all anyone is talking about this week. Come on, admit it, you were hoping that it would come to this, right? At the age of 35, Venus has been making a gallant effort to win an eighth major tennis title, her last one coming seven years ago at Wimbledon. But if she is to do it at this year’s U.S. Open, it will come at a heavy cost: she will have to deny her younger sister, Serena, the rare opportunity to win a Grand Slam.
Serena is currently the best player in the world. She is the defending Open champion and earlier this year won the last three Slams: the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon. She is now only three victories from winning the Grand Slam. Venus is three wins away from her first U.S. Open title since 2001 and is playing amazing tennis as she prepares for her latest meeting with Serena. This one, though, could derail her sister’s date with history. Just think for a minute how the two of them must feel going into this match. Both are elite athletes, champions with the heart of a champion, meaning they will be playing to win. Their opponent is not only their sister but also their best friend. Can they put that fact aside and play to win as other players say they do when they go onto the court? Friends, and in this case sisters, off the court and enemies on it.
All eyes will be on the match and everyone will be hoping that it will be a thrilling one. But in the end, as Serena says, “At least there will be a Williams in the semis!”