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Serena, Venus to meet in Italian Open

Serena, Venus to meet in Italian Open

Twenty-three times Grand Slam champion Serena Williams will face older sister Venus in the second round of the Italian Open after both players came through their opening matches in Rome on Monday (May 13).

Serena is through to the second round after beating Sweden's Rebecca Peterson 6-4 6-2. The four-time Rome champion will face sister Venus, the 1999 champion, in the second round. Venus beat Belgium's Elise Mertens 7-5 3-6 7-6 (7-4).

Britain's Johanna Konta will play American Sloane Stephens in the Italian Open second round after a straight-sets win over her compatriot Alison Riske. Konta, 27, took fewer than 90 minutes to defeat Riske 6-4 6-1 in the first round in Rome.

The British number one beat 2017 US Open champion Stephens in Brisbane in January - their only previous meeting.

Konta's victory on Monday was her sixth clay court win of the year.

- Source: News websites