Serena sets up sister act 30 at US Open

US Open Camila Giorgi Venus Williams top off Alize Cornet

And the 23-time Grand Slam champion admitted that it is not easy to switch her mindset to beating Venus rather than hoping she wins.

The 2000 and 2001 champion in NY will face Serena for a place in the last 16 if the six-time victor gets past Germany's Carina Witthoeft under the Arthur Ashe Stadium lights later in the day.

After an even start to the second set Serena found an extra gear to win three games on the spin, including two further breaks of serve, to thrill the NY crowd and book an expected night session match-up with Venus, seeded 16th, on Friday.

Tennis icons Serena and Venus Williams will go head-to-head for the 30th time (in their professional careers) on Friday in the third round of the U.S. Open.

- Alize Cornet said she was overwhelmed by the support she received when she was hit with a code violation for removing her shirt on court.

"I guess I had a little advantage but it's going to be hard for me on Friday", said 36-year-old Serena.

The reason this match comes so early is that their rankings are not what they've been in the past. "We bring out the best when we play each other". It's not the end of the world.

Serena, meanwhile, put together a 30-10 edge in winners, then declared her serve much better than it's been of late.

"If I would say my true feelings, it would be bleeped out, because it was ridiculous. Whatever, it will work".

The third-seed fired an ace on match point to complete the comeback, which took two hours and 46 minutes on a hot and humid day on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

"I was happy with a lot of things".

"I just kind of had to weather the storm and wait for my opportunities". "I think we're used to it now".

Serena said that if they could have their own accomplishments without ever playing each other, she would take that deal, even though tennis would be robbed of 29 dramatic showdowns.

Also into the last 32 is Elina Svitolina (7) of Ukraine after a 6-3, 6-2 win over Germany's Tatjana Maria.

However, ninth seeded Julia Goerges, a semi-finalist at Wimbledon, slumped to a 7-6 (12/10), 6-3 defeat to Ekaterina Makarova of Russian Federation.

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