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Williams Sisters Set For Nighttime Drama
The US Open 2008: Wednesday, Day 10 Picks

By Tripp Mateschitz, Lawn Tennis Correspondent, Posted: Wednesday, September 3, 2008 9:25am CST USA
Venus Williams, Serena Williams, The US Open 2008: Wednesday, Day 10 Picks, US Open 2008 NEW YORK--( Americans and sisters Venus Williams and Serena Williams both will seek to move forward at the US Open tonight, but first one sister must lose.

The Williams sisters are set to reprise their July Wimbledon final won by Venus 7-5, 6-4 as they meet for the 17th time in the quarterfinals. Serena perhaps has more motivation to win as a title win for her would return her to the world's top ranking.

Venus and Serena Williams | Photos by Ed Betz/AP, Al Bello/Getty
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A US Open title win for Serena Williams would return her to the world's top ranking.

Flavia Pennetta (ITA)[16] v. Dinara Safina (RUS)[6]
Both of these players can go the distance to win baseline points. Pennetta excells in defense where Safina prefers offense. Safina won two hardcourt tournaments back to back just before the US Open and should cruise if she doesn't tire herself out in long rallies.
Prediction: Dinara Safina

Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG)[17] v. Andy Murray (GBR)[6]
Murray won a hardcourt warmup tournament in Cincinnati before losing early at the Olympics and is climbing up the rankings due to his consistent and aggressive play. His execution of his allcourt game will be a key for victory today.
Prediction: Andy Murray

Serena Williams (USA)[4] v. Venus Williams (USA)[7]
Serena Williams looked flat in the Wimbledon final and has said she is not playing her best tennis in New York. Venus Williams, often critical of her tennis, however said she is playing her best tennis. Neither former US Open champion has come close to dropping a set so far.

In their matches the player who attacks better normally wins. Before the tournament I thought Serena would win, but Venus has played better in matches at this tournament. Serena has the power to attack Venus' forehand which is by no means a weakness. But Venus' forehand does deliver errors which have cost her some matches. But if Venus serves tonight like she has recently, Serena won't have a lot of chances to attack and break serve.
Prediction: Venus Williams

Rafael Nadal (ESP)[1] v. Mardy Fish (USA)
Fish's decision to skip the Olympics is paying off for him as he is one of two American men left in the singles draw. World number one Rafael Nadal dropped a set in the fourth round as he delivered some errors and faced overpowering serves from another American Sam Querrey. Fish is a powerful baseliner himself but should Nadal get his crosscourt lefthanded forehand working well, it will be difficult to stay in the baseline rallies.
Prediction: Rafael Nadal

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