Somehow, 17 years after their first match and a 27th time facing each other in competition, Venus and Serena Williams have arguably never met with this much on the line — with history so squarely pinned atop the net between them.

And that’s saying a lot: These are sisters who have made history with every stroke of the racket in a sport once ruled by tradition. They have become ingrained in not only the American sporting lexicon, but that of our global cultural fabric, as well.

Tuesday, they’ll battle once more, as the U.S. Open’s top seed, world No. 1 and three-time defending champion Serena Williams takes on big sister Venus in the quarterfinals.

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