Venus, Serena try to set up 3rd-round showdown at US Open

Venus, Serena try to set up 3rd-round showdown at US Open
Serena Williams, of the United States, returns a shot to Magda Linette, of Poland, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Monday, Aug. 27, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

NEW YORK (AP) — Venus and Serena Williams can set up their earliest Grand Slam meeting in 20 years if both win second-round matches at the U.S. Open on Wednesday.

Venus has an afternoon match on another hot day in Flushing Meadows against Camila Giorgi. Serena, at No. 17 seeded one spot below her older sister, should face cooler conditions during a night match against Carina Witthoeft.

If both siblings win, their third-round matchup would be their earliest at a Grand Slam tournament since they played in the second round of the 1998 Australian Open in their very first meeting on tour.

Temperatures were expected to be in the mid-90s, as high as or even a little warmer than Tuesday, when six men retired from their matches.

Defending champions Rafael Nadal and Sloane Stephens also are in action, along with past champions Juan Martin del Potro and Andy Murray — who could meet in the third round.


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