“There’s No Serena Williams Without Venus Williams”: Reilly Opelka Makes Firm Statement on Williams Sisters

Published 10/10/2021, 2:46 AM EDT
Serena Williams of The United States is congratulated by her sister and opponant Venus Williams of The United States following their ladies singles third round match on Day Five of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Reilly Opelka has made a concrete statement regarding Serena Williams and Venus Williams. He admitted that Serena Williams would not have become the legendary player that he has now become if it hadn’t been for her older sister. He also reflected on Venus’ long successful career.

Reilly Opelka opened up on Venus Williams and Serena Williams


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In a recent talk, World No. 20 made a few statements regarding the Williams sisters. He believes Venus is a very ambitious player and gets “sick” even at the thought of losing. Furthermore, he even stated that without Venus, Serena would not have been the greatest woman player of all time.

16 Jan 1998: Teenage tennis sisters from America, Venus (left) and Serena Williams take time off a practise session to pose together during the Adidas International event at White City in Sydney, Australia. Mandatory Credit: Clive Brunskill/Allsport

He said, “She’s insanely competitive – as fierce as there’s ever been. Absolutely cannot tolerate losing – it makes her sick to think about it. She doesn’t even reflect on her wins. She stays in the moment. If it weren’t for Serena she’d be the greatest woman player of all time. Then again, there’s no Serena without Venus.

“So you almost have to give it to them both.”

Opelka applauded Venus’ determination and focus towards the game. Subsequently, he said that he has learned a lot from the seven-time Grand Slam champion. Opelka also added that he loves her sense of humor and enjoys spending time with her.

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Opelka enters the round of 32 at Indian Wells

After having a tough time at Laver Cup 2021, Reilly Opelka has entered Indian Wells with optimism. In the opening round, the American beat Taro Daniel of Japan in a straight-set victory. In the round of 32, he’ll face Grigor Dimitrov.

Sep 2, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Reilly Opelka of the United States celebrates after recording match point against Lorenzo Musetti of Italy in a second round match on day four of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

While Opelka had a fairly worthy run at US Open 2021, Dimitrov performed splendidly at San Diego Open. This would be an enthralling contest to watch as both the players have been improving their games lately.


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Atri Bhatt is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.