Monday, January 23, 2017
2017 Williams Watch- Rolling To The Quarterfinals
The seeds are falling, including the world number one ranked and number one seed Angelique Kerber, who was beaten by Coco Vandeweghe in straight sets.
When I last checked in number 13 seeded Venus and number 2 seeded Serena had just advanced to Australian Open second round singles matches against Stefanie Vogele and Lucie Safarova, and were waiting to play their first Aussie Open doubles match versus Timea Babos and Anastasia Pavlyuchenko They withdrew from the doubles to focus on the singles tournament which so far looks like it was a wise decision.
Venus prevailed 6-3, 7-5 to punch her ticket to the quarterfinals against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova for a spot in the semis against the Muguruza-Vandeweghe winner
Serena dispatched Strycova 7-5, 6-4 after a tough match to set up her quarterfinal match with Great Britain's Johanna Konta.
If the Williams Sisters win their next two matches, they will face each other in the Australian Open finals for the first time since 2003. Serena also has an opportunity because of the Kerber loss to regain the world number one ranking if she wins the tournament.
Oh yeah, it would also be her 23rd Grand Slam singles title and seventh Australian Open after losing to Kerber last year.
And who won that 2003 Australian Open finals clash? Serena did 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 6-4 over her big sister. That was also the only time Venus has reached the Australian Open final.
They still have some work to do Down Under to make that all Williams final happen.