Serena Williams will face sister Venus in the US Open women’s singles quarter-finals after defeating Madison Keys on Sunday in New York in straight sets. The world number one had few difficulties in beating her fellow American 6-3, 6-3 at the Arthur Ashe Stadium. The top seed did the business in 68 minutes and committed just six unforced errors in this fourth round fixture.
Earlier, Venus Williams’ resurgence continued after winning through to the quarter-finals in at Flushing Meadows against Anett Kontaveit. The 2000 and 2001 champion powered past the Estonian 6-2, 6-1 in only 50 minutes at Arthur Ashe. Williams hit 15 winners and was aided by the 19-year old’s 21 unforced errors.
The 35-year old faces younger sister Serena, who is chasing a calendar Grand Slam, in the next round. Kristina Mladenovic was too good for Ekaterina Makarova 7-6, 4-6, 6-1 in their Last 16 tie. The Frenchwoman will play Italy’s Roberta Vinci in the last eight after a walkover win against Eugenie Bouchard.
The Canadian suffered a head injury after slipping in the locker rooms on Friday and was unable to recover timeously.