Venus Williams says she believes her sister, Serena, could be on track to claim her seventh U.S. Open title if she maintains the form she showed in their third-round clash on Friday.
The seven-time Grand Slam champion was humbled 6-1 6-2 by her younger sister in their 30th career meeting and she said it was the best she had seen Serena play against her.
“She played untouchable tennis”, Venus said after the 72-minute match, during which the 17th seed Serena fired down 10 aces.
Winning the tournament would add a 24th Grand Slam singles title to Serena’s name to tie the record of Australian Margaret Court.
“Whoever she plays, she’s going to earn it; it’s not like people don’t try. People will try against her,” Venus said.
The evening match at Arthur Ashe Stadium saw Venus succumb to her equal worst defeat at the hands of her sister.
Serena next faces Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi, who ousted top seed Simona Halep in the first round.
“Obviously I hope she doesn’t play that well against me every time because I don’t think anyone has a chance,” Venus added.