Serena Williams moves into third round, will take on sister Venus

30 August, 2018, 18:23 | Author: Marlene Myers
  • Serena Williams x 2018 US Open- Day 1

Stephens will face two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka in the next round after she defeated 25th seed Daria Gavrilova of Australia 6-1, 6-2.

The decision was branded sexist given male players regularly change shirts on court, and US Open organisers responded with a statement on Wednesday admitting Cornet should not have received any sanction.

"It's incredible what they've done". "I really started getting serious when I was 7".

"It was a tough day, obviously", said the American. The 38-year-old, who suffers from Sjogrens Syndrome - an autoimmune disorder that can cause joint pain and sap energy levels - labored through the afternoon heat to help set up the anticipated rematch.

During her post-victory news conference, which came long before Serena set foot on court against Witthoeft, Venus clearly had little interest in entertaining questions about the possible all-in-the-family match. "And as players, as representatives of the WTA Tour, I believe we're going to do the best we can to make sure that we are the most progressive sport".

Getty Images via Getty Images Venus Williams pictured during practice in 1991.

Serena Williams overpowered German Carina Witthoeft 6-2 6-2 to set up a third-round clash with big sister Venus at the US Open on Wednesday.

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"At least this time, " Venus told the crowd, "it'll be fair". She paired it with NikeCourt Flare trainers and fishnet compression tights. Of the 82 points that went Venus's way, only 13 came via her own winners.

Serena, meanwhile, put together a 30-10 edge in winners.

'What Bernard Giudicelli said about Serena's catsuit was 10,000 times worse than what happened to me on the court yesterday, because he's the president of French Federation and because he doesn't have to do that.

Tournament officials said they regret that a player was given a code violation for changing her shirt on the court during a match, clarifying its rules on when that is allowed.

She changed her outfit - and lost the following match.

The penalty drew criticism on social media, with people noting that men frequently change their shirts while sitting in their chairs during changeovers.

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