Venus Williams: 'It's great to have Serena Williams on the grounds'


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Venus Williams: 'It's great to have Serena Williams on the grounds'

Serena Williams attended her sister Venus's three-set match win over Donna Vekic in the third round on Thursday. What was it like? The 38-year-old, speaking in her press conference, said: "Super fun. I mean, she's obviously taking time away from her baby girl to come to see me.

She more than into it, more than into it. It's great to have that support. Obviously, the support of my other sister here, too, Isha. I am never alone, that's for sure. Honestly, she seemed pretty calm and chill. I think she believed in me.

She was rooting hard but didn't seem panicked at all after I lost the first set. Maybe didn't play the best games at first the beginning of the first and second. I thought if she can be chill, I can be chill. Yeah."

Analyzing her match overall, Venus added: "I think I just started out slow. That sometimes happens. But she also played well. You could see that she was super determined and wanted to get every ball in, ran for every shot and just forced the issue.

I realized who I was going to be up against today and just tried to dig in deeper." Asked how she was doing physically, Venus replied: "I guess I'll see tomorrow if I get to be playing at 1:00. I feel like I'm putting out more effort than anybody in this draw right now.

So maybe I'll get lucky and get to play, like, third match or something. I'm pretty pumped. When you're winning, it's fun. When you're losing, it sucks. I'm happy to be winning. Trying to prevent the losses." Venus will play Madison Keys in the quarter-finals. Keys defeated Simona Halep in their third-round match on Thursday.