Venus, Serena Collide Wednesday in US Open Quarterfinals

Posted on September 2, 2008

Serena Williams and Venus Williams have advanced to their 24th and 29th Grand Slam singles quarterfinals at the US Open, respectively; it is the 17th time both sisters have appeared in the quarterfinals of the same Grand Slam event.

In a repeat of this year's Wimbledon final, Serena Williams and Venus Williams will take to the court against each other for the 17th time in their careers Wednesday night at the US Open, with the lifetime head-to-head currently standing at eight wins apiece (5-5 in Grand Slams and 2-1 to Venus at the US Open); it is their 11th meeting in a Grand Slam event and their third clash in 2008 (currently 1-1), the most number of times the sisters have played each other in a season since
2002, when Serena went 4-0;

Also meeting for the 17th time are Elena Dementieva and Patty Schnyder, with Dementieva leading 9-7;

While no woman has reached the quarterfinals or better at all four Grand Slam events in 2008, four of them have managed to do so at three Jelena Jankovic, Serena Williams, Elena Dementieva and Venus Williams;

If Elena Dementieva who has won 10 straight matches and 15 of her last 17 wins the singles title she would become the 19th woman and second Russian to hold the world No.1 singles ranking; Dementieva is also trying to become the third player to win a gold medal and the US Open in the same year since tennis was reinstated as a full medal sport in Seoul in 1988 (Venus Williams 2000 Sydney; Steffi Graf 1988 Seoul);

Jelena Jankovic recently became the second Serbian woman to reach No.1 on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Singles Rankings; only two other countries have produced multiple top-ranked women's singles players United States (8) and Belgium (2);

For the fifth year in a row at least two Russian women have reached the US Open quarterfinals; the best such streak of all the majors is at Roland Garros, where at least two Russians have made the last eight there for six straight years, between 2003 and 2008;

Flavia Pennetta and Sybille Bammer are making their career Grand Slam debuts at the 2008 US Open;

Sybille Bammer becomes the first mother since Peruvian Laura Arraya Gildemeister at 1991 Wimbledon to reach a Grand Slam singles quarterfinal;

Flavia Pennetta becomes the second Italian woman in the Open Era to reach the US Open quarterfinals after her friend Francesca Schiavone reached the last eight in 2003; Pennetta is aiming to be the first Italian woman in the Open Era to reach a Grand Slam singles semifinal, having had six women before her fall in major quarterfinals Sandra Cecchini (1985 Roland Garros), Raffaella Reggi (1987 Roland Garros), Laura Golarsa (1989 Wimbledon), Francesca Schiavone (2001 Roland Garros, 2003 US Open), Adriana Serra Zanetti (2002 Australian Open) and Silvia Farina Elia (2003 Wimbledon);

Patty Schnyder has equaled her best result at the US Open, 10 years after beating former world No.1 Steffi Graf en route to the last eight in 1998;

Sybille Bammer is the third Austrian woman in the Open Era to reach the quarterfinals at the US Open, alongside Judith Wiesner in 1996 and Barbara Schett in 1999; no Austrian woman has reached the semifinals here;

World No.2 Jelena Jankovic is appearing in her third successive US Open quarterfinal, something she has yet to achieve at any of the other Grand Slam events;

Youngest player remaining: Dinara Safina (22 years, 4 months)

Oldest player remaining: Patty Schnyder (29 years, 8 months)

Most time spent on-court thus far: Jelena Jankovic (7 hours, 39 minutes)

Least time spent on-court thus far: Serena Williams (4 hours, 0 minutes)