Williams Sisters Advance to Quarters

Siblings stay on course to meet in Open semis
By Colleen Barry,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 3, 2007 2:15 AM CDT
Serena Williams of the United States returns a volley to Marion Bartoli of France during their match at the US Open tennis tournament in New York, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2007. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – One of the US Open women's semifinals may be a family affair: Both Williams sisters are making serious runs at the final four. Venus, seeded 12th, and eighth seed Serena haven't lost a set yet, and each buzzed through her fourth-round match yesterday in two sets. Serena showed no ill effects from her lingering sprained thumb.

Serena finished off France's Marion Bartoli with back-to-back aces in a 6-3, 6-4 victory, while Venus let Ana Ivanovic's mistakes do most of her work, beating the Serbian 6-4, 6-2. Serena will face top-seeded Justine Henin in the quarters, and Venus will take on No. 3 seed Jelena Jankovic.