August 28, 2009

No All-Williams Final at U.S. Open

Serena and Venus Williams have met in eight Grand Slam finals, but the U.S. Open won't feature No. 9. The No. 2-seeded Serena and No. 3 Venus are in the same half of the U.S. Open field announced Thursday, meaning they could only face each other in the semifinals.

“It is a shame. They're the people to beat. They rise to the occasion at the big ones, especially Serena,” John McEnroe, three-time U.S. Open champion and part of the tournament announcing team, said. In July, Serena beat Venus at Wimbledon for her 11th Grand Slam singles title — four more than Venus owns. Serena also leads 6-2 in major finals and 11-10 overall in professional matches.

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