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

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

Serena Williams is expecting a tough test against sister Venus as they prepare to clash for the 30 time on Friday in the third round of the US Open.

With her win on Wednesday, Venus is through to the third round in NY for the 17th time.

The heat that lingered despite the the sun having already set didn't seem to faze Serena, although she was frustrated enough to go to her bag for a change of racquet at one point.

Asked if she was excited, Serena responded: 'I wouldn't say it's exciting.

Serena Williams toppled Carina Witthoeft in the second round of the US Open to set up a Round of 32 matchup with big sister Venus Williams.

Venus joked Wednesday in her on-court interview that it was "two against one ... so at least this time it will be fair".

Serena also leads the all-time series 17-12, with 10 of those wins coming in Grand Slam matches to Venus' five - the most recent coming in the 2017 Australian Open final, when a pregnant Serena swept Venus 6-4, 6-4. Once again, it's early in the tournament. 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 and continue to break those boundaries, because it's unacceptable'.

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Serena said that if they could have their own accomplishments without ever playing each other, she would take that deal, even though tennis would be robbed of 29 dramatic showdowns. "I really started getting serious when I was 7".

Defending champion and third seed Sloane Stephens also made the third round with a marathon 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 win over Ukraine qualifier Anhelina Kalinina.

She said: 'I think just the umpire was probably overwhelmed by the situation.

Stephens triumphed after 2 hours and 46 minutes on Arthur Ashe Stadium and will next face two-time Australian Open champion and former world number one Victoria Azarenka.

"I think that's just the hardest part". "I think first it was my dad and my mom and my family, going out there to help me and push me".

Seeded women who advanced on another day with the temperature topping 95 degrees included No. 7 Elina Svitolina and No. 8 Karolina Pliskova in straight sets.

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