Venus eyes Serena clash as US Open sweats in sexism storm

US Open Camila Giorgi Venus Williams top off Alize Cornet

Serena Williams set up a third-round encounter with sister Venus as she defeated Germany's Carina Witthoeft in emphatic fashion at the US Open.

For her second game, which she won, again, she wore yet another fashionable outfit similar to her last look, but this it was in purple.

After an impressive opening-round win earlier this week, Serena Williams was thoroughly dominant in her second-round matchup on Wednesday night at the US Open.

Since Venus won their first-ever clash in Australia, Serena, bidding for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title, has built up an advantage over the last two decades, enjoying a 17-12 head-to-head superiority.

The Williams sisters have not met at such an early stage of a Grand Slam since their first professional meeting at the 2nd round of the 1998 Australian Open. I feel like throughout our career, we have pushed each other to be the best that we can be, and be Venus and Serena Williams'.

Two-time champion Venus beat Italy's Camila Giorgi 6-4 7-5.

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The French number two said: 'We still have some people, like the president of my federation that lives in another time and can still do these kind of comments.

There's no dimming Serena Williams' shine on the court! "But I just found a way today, and sometimes it's not going to be the best, but you've just got to battle through".

Defending champion and third seed Sloane Stephens also made the third round with a marathon 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 win over Ukraine qualifier Anhelina Kalinina. "They are totally shocking for me", she said. "I think first it was my dad and my mom and my family, going out there to help me and push me".

She took advantage of errors from Stephens to win the first set and then fought back from 4-1 down in the second set to level at 5-5 but the American held firm to win her ninth successive match at Flushing Meadows.

Other seeded winners on the women's side included No. 8 Elina Svitolina, No.15 Elise Mertens, No 19 Anastasija Sevastova and No.23 Barbora Strycova, all in straight sets.

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