Serena and Venus Williams are cited in their family duel number 31

They have not faced each other since the US Open in 2018, when Serena was the winner with a convincing 6-1 and 6-2.

The American sisters Serena and Venus Williams won their respective first round matches in the 76th edition of the Rome tournament on Monday and will face each other in a family match for the thirty-first time on Wednesday.

Serena, four times champion in Rome and absent since 2016 , won by 6-4 and 6-2 to the Swedish Rebecca Peterson, while Venus, champion in the Foro Italico in 1999, won a battle of more than three hours against the Belgian Elise Mertens, 7-5, 3- 6 and 7-6 (5). Venus needed to go through the decisive tiebreaker to defeat Mertens, number 20 in the world, who rallied a 5-0 adverse in the third set and who surrendered after canceling eight match balls.

Serena, 37 and 11 ranking WTA, and Venus, 39 and the world's 50th, did not face off from the US Open of 2018, when the first one came out winning with a convincing 6-1 and 6-2. In total, Serena, winner of 23 Grand Slam titles, triumphed in 18 of the thirty games played against her sister. In addition, got the victory in two of the three matches played on clay, although curiously the only triumph of Venus arrived in Rome, in 1998.

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