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US Open 2015: Venus Williams Sails into Quarter-finals

US Open 2015: Venus Williams Sails into Quarter-finals

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by Matthew Brown

Venus Williams set up a potential quarter-final clash with her sister Serena after she breezed past Anett Kontaveit at Flushing Meadows. The 35 year-old American, now the oldest player in the draw, rolled back the years to dominate the Estonian qualifier 6-2, 6-1.

Should Serena also make it to the last eight, Venus will now be out to end her younger sister’s dream of winning the Calendar Grand Slam in a mouth-watering tie on Tuesday. It will be a step up in class for Venus who made easy work of her opponent, breaking the world number 152 early before racing through the opening set in 25 minutes.

It was the first time Kontaveit had ever played on Arthur Ashe Stadium and the inexperience showed as a couple of sloppy double faults at the start of the second set gifted Williams an immediate break. The dominance continued for the 23rd seed as she eased through her own service games before breaking for a third consecutive time to all but secure the win.

There was however some late joy for the Estonian as she managed to hold serve to ensure she was not bageled but the seven-time Grand Slam champion quickly wrapped up the win the following game to put her in the last eight.


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