It looks like I picked the best night to start watching the US Open instead of simply relying on ESPN highlights, thanks to an epic quarterfinals match between the Williams sisters. There have been questions about the seeding because people wanted the match to be later on in the tournament; however, there’s only so much you can about US Open seeding — that is, nothing. You play what they give you based on how well you’ve performed on tour thus far.
And that’s why we were treated to such a great contest in the quarterfinals. Serena was victorious, beating Venus 7-6, 7-6 but she had to earn EVERY point she scored as Venus battled her younger sister to the very end and had ample opportunity to win each set she lost. To wit, Serena survived being down 6-5 in the second set with Venus facing numerous match point opportunities before her little sister forced the match into a tie-breaker.
But even there, Serena found the early going rough. At one point, she was trailing Venus 6-4 before she roared back — literally — to take the game, the set and the match as she won the tie-breaker, 9-7.
For me, this was easily one of the better women’s matches I’ve seen in some time. In the final games of the second set, neither sister was willing to give the other a point as they both yelled, screamed and grimaced after every stroke, feeding the already pumped up crowd.
Next up for Serena, who is looking to regain the overall number one ranking in the WTA, is Dinara Safina on Friday. Safina won the silver medal in Beijing recently but it’s hard to see anyone stopping Serena — unless, of course, she used all her reserves getting past her big sister.