Venus Williams hasn’t looked this dominant on the tennis court in a long time. Venus has learned to manage her autoimmune syndrome: not only does she never appear fatigued anymore, she seems upbeat and genuinely happy. The recent college grad (that’s right, she got her business degree in August) just blew her young opponent Anett Kontaveit off the court at Arthur Ashe on Sunday, 6-2, 6-1 . She’s into the US Open quarterfinals where she’ll face a familiar face: Serena just beat Madison Keys 6-3, 6-3.
Venus was typically gracious after pounding Kontaveit, saying she hoped Kontaveit would one day have her experience and get the same results. That day looked a long way off this afternoon, as Venus continues to trample her opponents in New York. Heading into the quarterfinal match against Serena, Venus has dropped just two sets so far — to Serena’s single dropped set. But Venus’s last two victories were straight set smashes (she beat Bencic 6-3, 6-4), whereas Serena was extended to three sets by Mattek-Sands in the match she played before Keys. Get ready for that weird vibe that always hovers over the net when the Williams sisters play. As Venus said about Serena, “I always want her to win.”