The Serena Slam is 2 match-wins away from becoming a reality. For the uninitiated, this means that tennis women’s world number 1 seed, Serena Williams, in the US Open’s last four, and if she wins both the semi and final matches, she would have made global history.
Tuesday was a day when both Serena and Venus Williams met in the Flushing Meadows tournament this year. After dropping the first set 2-6, Venus battled back to win the second set 6-1. However she lost the third to her younger sister, 3-6.
Visibly emotional, Serena held back the tears as she served an ace on match point to end the macth, 6-2, 1-6, 6-3.
Speaking on court after the win, Serena said, “It’s a really great moment, she’s the toughest player I’ve ever played in my life and the best person I know. It’s going against your best friend, and at the same time going against the greatest competitor for me in women’s tennis. So it was really difficult today”.
It was clear from the start that neither sister was in the mindset to ease up on the other, with Venus contesting line calls early on, and Serena clenching her fist and shrieking in celebration after breaking Venus in the fifth game.
Serena served 12 aces and committed 22 unforced errors to Venus’s eight aces and 15 unforced errors.
Her semi-final opponent is Italian Roberta Vinci, the world No. 43 who has not beaten her in four career attempts.
The US Open defending champion is now only two victories away from completing her first career calendar Grand Slam, having won all three of the previous majors in 2015. No female player has achieved the feat since Steffi Graf in 1988 (and no man has done it since Rod Laver in 1962).