By Stephanie Neppl
(April 6, 2013) CHARLESTON, SC – As “We are Family” played over the loudspeakers Saturday at the Family Circle Cup, Venus and Serena Williams stepped onto the court to play in their 24th match against each other in their professional careers.
Who knows how many times the sisters played each other growing up, or how they performed against each other then. But on Saturday in Charleston, the sisters took the court for the first time in more than three years and for the first time since both had gone through major health issues.
They were also coming off playing back to back matches on Friday when rain cancelled most matches on Thursday.
Serena’s 6-1, 6-2 victory was a one-sided affair and the most lopsided scoreline in their head to head, which Serena now leads 14-10. Serena hit few errors and six aces while Venus hit eight double faults and only served at 53%.
After the match, Serena said she thought that the fact she and Venus were both playing their third match in two days was a big factor in the scoreline. Serena said it was definitely tougher for her sister.
“I mean she’ll never admit it, ever, but I don’t think she was 100 percent. But you will never get that out of her, and quite frankly, three matches for her is much tougher than three matches for me. And so you know, it’s definitely not easy, because I’m struggling, and I can’t imagine what she must be feeling.”
Serena said her big sister had a great week, “I feel like, honestly, if she hadn’t had to play so many matches, it would have been a much tougher match.”
But Venus said she thought the conditions were the same for both players. “I felt pretty good actually. So you know, it would have been nicer to have more spaces between the matches, but it did not work out.”
Venus thought overall she had a great week. “I think this is some of the best I’ve felt in a very long time. So for me it’s something to build on. And obviously Serena is playing extremely well, and it’s great to see her at No. 1 and just fulfilling every dream.”
The world No. 1 advances to her fourth final this year, and she’ll face Jelena Jankovic.
Stephanie Neppl is in Charleston covering the Family Circle Cup for Tennis Panorama News. She spends all her spare funds traveling to tennis tournaments and has played since her teen years. She has worked as Social Media Manager for Tennis Auckland’s ATP and WTA tournaments. Follow her live updates on Twitter at @TennisNewsTPN. Follow her personal Twitter @stephintheus and her blog http://ihaveatennisaddiction.blogspot.com.