The Williams sisters are still alive in this rain delayed 2016 edition of ‘Williams-don’ and are both in the ladies singles quarterfinals cruising toward a possible All-Williams Wimbledon finals matchup for the first time at the All England club since 2009.
Number one tournament seed Serena handled her third and fourth round business by blitzing Germany’s Annika Beck in straight sets 6-3, 6-0 and 13th seeded Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-5, 6-0 in the same fashion on Centre Court.
Serena will now face 21st seeded Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who knocked off Yulia Putintseva, 11th seeded Timea Bacsinszky, and 27th seeded Coco Vandeweghe to get her shot at the world’s number one player.
Should she get past Pavlyuchenkova, she would face in the semis the winner of the Dominika Cibulkova- Elena Vesnina match.
Meanwhile eighth seeded Venus, after surviving two three set matches, found herself in the fourth round facing 12th seeded Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro. She had to endure a first set tiebreaker, but this time finished her business in only two sets and closed out her match serving for triple break point.
Big Sis’ 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 sent her to a quarterfinal matchup with Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova, who has knocked off Julia Gorges, 17th seeded Elina Svitolina, Sabine Lisicki and 28th seeded Lucie Safarova to get to the quarterfinal round.
Should she get past Shvedova, Venus’ semifinal match would be another tough one. She would have to face the survivor of a quarterfinal match between number 4 seed Angelique Kerber and number 5 seed Simona Halep.
The Williams sisters are competing for their first Wimbledon ladies doubles title since 2012 as a warmup for the Rio Olympic tennis tournament, and are now in the third round of this doubles competition after knocking off the Belgian duo of Elise Mertens and An-Sophie Mestach in straight sets 6-4, 6-4.
They will face the sixth seeded Czech duo of Lucie Hradecka and Andrea Hlavackova for a spot in the ladies doubles quarterfinals.
So far things are looking good for them at their ‘Williams’-don playground, and we’ll have to wait and see if my fave tennis playing siblings are hoisting trophies this weekend at SW19.