On Sept. 8, sisters Serena and Venus Williams squared off during the U.S. Open in a match that could have had historical significance for Serena Williams, who was closing in on a Grand Slam, a feat not achieved since 1988. In an article aptly titled “Love Game,” Steve Tignor, for Tennis.com, described the charged atmosphere as a sold-out, celebrity-riddled crowd filled Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York. “It was more unique, definitely,” Venus Williams said of the vibe. “Serena is going for the Grand Slam, and I think everybody is interested because she has to play her sister to get to that. People want to see, you know, how that’s going to come out.”
While the crowd may have been hoping for a dramatic passion play of sibling rivalry, the competitors were more pragmatic. Tignor reported, “According to Venus and Serena, though, it was all par for the course for them as tennis pros—nothing personal. Last night each of them said that the fact that they’re sisters fades from their minds as the match starts and the normal reactions to competition take over.” Photographs of the match were compelling, particularly after Serena Williams won. They met at the net for a warm, emotional embrace. “‘I just said, “I’m so happy for you,”‘ Venus said later.”
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