QUEENS, N.Y. — Serena Williams beat her sister Venus Williams 6-1, 6-2 and cruised into the fourth round of the U.S. Open. Venus’ three points matched the lowest total ever for one sister in their match-ups.
The superstar siblings have been on top of the tennis world for two decades and now for their 30 encounter, the fans were riled up yet divided. Not only kids, but married couples were taking sides over who to root for, new mother and younger sister Serena—the 17 seed—or her older sister—the 16 seed—Venus.
Heather and Bruce Dunn were on couple disagreeing.
“Venus,” Heather told PIX11 as Bruce says he preferred Serena.
“Venus because we don’t know how long she’ll be playing before she retires,” Kenn Wulff told PIX11 while his wife Carol countered: “Serena, she just cans back from having a baby. I want her to win, babe."
It’s the sixth time the Williams sisters have met on the court at the U.S. open and the little sister has the edge, 3 to 2.
Verna and Jordan Mckenzie flew in from London for what they hope will not be the sisters’ last grand slam match up.
“I do love Venus. She’s older. She’s the first one I ever saw,” Verna Mckenzie told PIX11.
Her daughter, Jordan, added that what makes both sisters great is “they trained hard and worked hard.”
Perry and Esther Newton traveled from the Bahamas to see Venus and Serena up close.
“I like Serena because she plays a bit more aggressive,” Perry Newton told PIX11. “I like her style of playing.”
His wife, Esther, added, “if either one ever wins, I am happy.”
Because Venus is 38 and Serena 36, there are some who say this could be their last grand slam showdown. But fan Tammy Varela from Mexico isn’t buying it. She says the Williams sisters will continue to play great tennis and inspire her and her sister on the amateur level for years to come.
“They are simply just idols for women, they really are,” Varela said.
Everyone loves the showdown except the two sisters involved.
As Serena put it, “we make each other play better, but it’s unfortunate we had to meet in the third round of the U.S. Open.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.