PARIS – Her sister has some singles duties to attend to on Saturday in the late afternoon/early evening.
But Venus Williams, eliminated from the singles in the first round, could still keep her doubles skills honed in her absence.
Williams was on a practice court at the neighbouring Club Jean Bouin, along with hitting partner Jermaine Jenkins.
Her partner was her assistant of two years, Zebe Haupt, who played as a junior in his native Australia.
A little impromptu mixed doubles, to keep things sharp.
Here’s what it looked like. (We’d have shot video, but only television rights holders are allowed to shoot, as of the start of the main draw last Sunday).
Serena vs. Goerges
Little sister has to deal with No. 11 seed Julia Goerges of Germany in her third-round singles.
Surprisingly, the two have not met in nearly seven years, since the Rogers Cup in 2011. They also played here in Paris, in the second round of the 2010 French Open (Williams won both; the clay matchup went 6-1, 6-1).
The winner will play …. get this … Maria Sharapova in the round of 16.