With 28 previous meetings and a 29th on the way, Venus and Serena have never played anyone else as much - Serena's next-most-played opponents are Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova (21 times each) and Venus' next-most-played opponent is Lindsay Davenport (27 times). Williams recently filed a trademark request for the name Aneres (the name of her clothing line and also Serena spelled backward) for a beauty brand with multiple product categories that could include skin care, fragrance, lipstick, eye shadow, mascara and makeup-removing products, among others.
"I would prefer to play someone else, anybody else, literally anybody else, but it has to happen now. So it is what it is". The last time the two faced off was in the 2017 Australian Open final where Serena won her 23rd Grand Slam title.
The 36-year-old American, who was out for 14 months, beat Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 in round two.
Richard Williams told USA Today he suffered racial abuse and Venus would later say "she heard whatever he heard". "Great way to come back".
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Serena won 54 percent of her second-serve points and broke Bertens's serve six times. I have a long way to go.
This is the earliest they will face each other since that Melbourne meeting 20 years ago.
"It's a huge difference to play her in the semifinals or even the quarterfinals or a final as opposed to the third round", she said.
In 2001 they were slated to meet in the Indian Wells semi-finals when Venus withdrew, handing Serena a walkover. After that, she's lost all three matches to Serena - including last year's Australian Open final.
"That's, you know, totally gone out of my mind", she said.