Serena Williams is within sight of another major tennis record

Serena Williams’ next opponent in the U.S. Open.

Older sisters are on the verge of another major championship on Wednesday when Nick Kyrgios and Venus Williams meet in the final of the hardcourt tournament in Indian Wells, California.

The stakes are even higher for that match.

While the 30-year-old Kyrgios failed to win a match in the 2017 U.S. Open after his younger sister and finalist was seeded ninth, Serena is unseeded at Flushing Meadows.

While 25-year-old Kyrgios will have hope for at least an early exit from the marquee draw when he plays either his brother and countryman, Christos, or Austria’s Dominic Thiem, Serena should progress to her eighth U.S. Open championship and a new record of 23.

The elder Williams sister was at her elegant best, posting a 6-1, 6-3 win over Ekaterina Makarova to reach the quarterfinals. Venus, 35, could play her sister Serena, with whom she shares the record for women’s singles tournament victories with 25.

The U.S. Open starts on Aug. 27 and Serena is expected to be among the top contenders.

If Serena advances she will face Japan’s Naomi Osaka, who has won all of her matches in 2018 without dropping a set. She is the first qualifier to advance to the U.S. Open quarterfinals since Michelle Larcher de Brito in 2002.

Carlos Alcaraz, a 19-year-old Argentine, is the youngest U.S. Open men’s quarterfinalist since 1991 when Michael Chang, now an analyst for ESPN, was a qualifier. Chang went on to win the men’s singles title at Flushing Meadows that year and went on to earn the U.S. Open Championship in 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2013.

Serena Williams and sisters Venus and Serena Williams were born and raised in Newport Beach, California.

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