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Serena to meet sister Venus in US Open quarters

Serena Williams plays against compatriot Madison Keys at the US Open in New York
Serena Williams plays against compatriot Madison Keys at the US Open in New York
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Sibling rivalry has become a major drawcard at the US Open, after world Number One Serena Williams set up a quarter-finals showdown with sister, Venus.

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This match won't just be about forging a path to the finals. Serena is chasing a calendar grand slam - that's all four majors in the same year - after defeating US 19th seed Madison Keys 6-3, 6-3.

The hard-hitting American is within three match victories of a 2015 sweep of major titles, after securing the Australian and French Opens, along with Wimbledon.

The last person to perform a calendar grand slam was Steffi Graf back in 1988. A win at Flushing Meadows would also see Williams match Graf's Open Era record of 22 career Slam singles titles.

The 23rd seeded Venus is in the quarters after downing Estonian teen qualifier Anett Kontaveit. Her win gives Williams her deepest slam run since reaching the semis here in 2010.

Serena, the younger Williams sister, leads the sibling rivalry by 15 matches to 11. The US Open meet comes just two months after their match up at Wimbledon, which Serena won before going on to claim the title.

So how tough will it be to play her sister? Serena says Venus is the only player she fears on the WTA tour.

Elsewhere in the women's game, a concussion has forced Canada's Eugenie Bouchard out of the tournament.

The 21-year-old withdrew from her match against Italy's Roberta Vinci, after slipping in the locker room and hitting her head.

Bouchard also pulled out of the women's and mixed doubles events.

Over in the men's tournament, Serbian Novak Djokovic was made to work for his spot in the quarters, posting a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 win over Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut on Sunday.

The world Number One smashed his racquet after losing the second set, but was able to lift his game by the fourth to claim a spot in his 26th consecutive quarter final.

Djokovic admitted he'd failed to capitalise on his opportunities.

Meanwhile defending champion Marin Cilic set-up a quarter finals clash with Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

The Croatian ninth seed made the last-eight with a four-set win over France's Jeremy Chardy. However he did have to overcome an injury scare in the second set, when he rolled his right ankle.

Tsonga, for his part, beat fellow Frenchman Benoît Paire in straight sets.

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