All in one fell swoop, Venus Williams eliminated one of the only two women who beat her younger sister this season and moved closer to a possible U.S. Open quarterfinal showdown against Serena.
Only one of the Williams sisters is heading to a semifinal, and it’s not the one with the long winning streak. Serena Williams lost that — and her cool — at the Western & Southern Open.
One Wimbledon title wasn’t enough for Serena Williams. About five hours after Williams won her fifth singles title by beating Agnieszka Radwanska, she and sister Venus were back on Centre Court to beat Czech duo Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka 7-5, 6-4 Saturday in the doubles final.
Racket bag slung over her shoulder, resignation written across her face, Venus Williams weaved through fans milling about on the sidewalks that players must traverse to get from Court 2 to the Wimbledon locker rooms.
Venus Williams will return from illness and her sister, Serena, will play Fed Cup for the first time in nearly five years after being selected in the U.S. team to meet Belarus in a Feb. 4-5 World Group II match at Worcester, Mass.
Playing her first match in two months, Venus Williams powered her way to a 6-4, 6-3 victory over a travel-weary Vera Dolonts of Russia at the U.S. Open on Monday night.