My cable problems have cleared up just in time for me to discover that Serena and especially Venus are having a successful so far business trip to Melbourne.
I’ll start with Little Sis’ road to the quarterfinals which started with a 6-0, 6-1 opening round waxing of Belgium’s Alison Van Uylvanck that took only 61 minutes.
That set her up for a second round 7-5, 6-0 straight set win over Russia’s Vera Zvonareva in which she got off to a slow start, saved three set points but eventually kicked it up to Serena mode
She was clinically efficient in that closing set, taking only 27 minutes to complete it and move on to the third round.
She faced Elina Svitolina of Ukraine, and after dropping the first set 4-6, she regrouped to take the second set 6-2 to even the match, then blitzed her 6-0 to move on to the fourth round.
Spain’s Garbine Muguruza also took the first set in their fourth round match 2-6 before Serena flipped the script and roared back to take the second set 6-3 and the deciding set 6-2 to head to the Australian open quarterfinals for the first time since 2013.
The world number one and number one tournament seed faces 2014 Aussie Open runner up Dominika Cibulkova, who survived a three set battle of her own with Victoria Azarenka.
18th seeded Big Sis is having her best Australian Open since she made it to the Aussie Open finals against her sister in 2003. She’s made it to the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time since the 2010 US Open.
Venus’ path to the quarters started with a first round 6-2, 6-2 straight set win over Maria Torro-Flor of Spain.
That punched her ticket to a second round clash with fellow American Lauren Davis which ended with a 6-2, 6-3 straight set victory which propelled her to the third round.
She faced Italy’s Camila Giorgi and battled to a hard fought 4-6, 7-6 (7-2) , 6-1 victory that sent her to the fourth round against 6th seeded Agnieszka Radwanska. Venus took down Radwanska 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 to advance to a quarterfinal match with American teen Madison Keys.
Should the Williams sisters win their respective quarterfinal matches, they will face each other in the semifinals for a spot in the 2015 Australian Open final.