Tennis-Venus eager to grab sister Serena's top billing

Sun, 23 May 20:47:00 2010

The seemingly endless sibling rivalry between the Williams sisters shows no sign of abating, with Venus eager to grab the world's top ranking from younger sister Serena before the French Open fortnight is out.

Venus, 29, took her first step towards a maiden Roland Garros title on Sunday with a typically pugnacious 6-3 6-3 victory over seasoned Swiss Patty Schnyder, and her mind is not just on the crown but she is also intent on prizing the world number one spot away from Serena.

Astonishingly, the Williams sisters come into Roland Garros as first and second seeds for the first time at a grand slam since the 2003 Australian Open, and Venus wants the rankings reversed sooner rather than later.

"It feels good to be moving up the ranks, obviously when you get to number two of course the next dream is number one. So that's definitely on my radar," Venus told reporters after the 80-minute workout on a baked Court Suzanne Lenglen.

"Everybody wants to be number one," Venus, who lost the 2002 final to her sister, told reporters after defeating Schnyder for an 11th straight time.

"It means a lot, day in, day out, all the hours that I put in. When you get to the top of the rankings it's definitely a pat on the back. I want to put the work in to be able to get there."

(Editing by Miles Evans; To query or comment on this story


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