NEW YORK -- Venus and Serena Williams advanced to the fourth round of the U.S. Open doubles tournament, eliminating 11th-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Lucie Safarova, 6-1, 7-6 (3), Wednesday.
The Williams sisters play only the occasional doubles tournament, at the Grand Slams, so they came in unseeded. But they own three Olympic doubles gold medals and 13 major titles.
Wednesday they were at Louis Armstrong Stadium, and after eighth-seeded Richard Gasquet had finished beating fourth-seeded David Ferrer in an entertaining five-setter, 6-3, 6-1, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, at Arthur Ashe Stadium, there was almost a stampede of fans rushing over to watch the Williams sisters.
Up next for the sisters will be the top-seeded team of Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci, who beat the Venus and Serena in Australia.