Serena Williams  def. Venus Williams  6-1 6-2
Despite rolling her ankle early in the match, it was a dominant performance by Serena Williams as she coasted past Venus Williams in their 30th encounter. With Venus having beaten Serena in her comeback at Indian Wells earlier this year, it was a far steadier Serena on display.
Everything was working for Serena, with powerful hitting, precision and dominance at keeping Venus at bay, putting her sister under pressure with two break point chances before breaking her twice in a row and serving out the first set to love.
Breaking Venus in the first game, the elder sibling had just once chance to try and get a foothold back in the match, but could not convert her solitary chance to break Serena and despite fending off a couple more chances for Serena, Venus lost her serve again.
Venus said, after the match: “I think it’s the best match she’s ever played against me. I don’t think I did a lot wrong. But she just did everything right. Obviously that level is definitely where she’s going to want to stay during this whole tournament.”
Serena acknowledged that there has been a lot of water under the bridge, but now when they meet the challenge presents itself both physically and mentally.
She said, in her post match press conference: “it’s definitely different now. I feel like we want it so bad now. I mean, we wanted it really bad when you were younger, but we had a lot more years in our future.
“Now, I mean, we definitely want to continue to play, but it’s not like we’re 18 and 19 anymore. So it’s a little bit different. For me it takes more mental energy than physical. It’s not easy, but it is what it is. We started this journey 35 years ago, maybe less. Well, in a way, it started before we were born, so we started this journey a long time ago. We kind of knew what to expect.
“Even though it’s difficult, especially for me, we just do the best that we can.”
She was quick to brush over the rolled ankle, as she gears up to face Kaia Kanepi in the fourth round. The Estonian stunned World No. 1 Simona Halep in the opening round, which opens up Serena’s path to the final.
“I roll my ankle often. The tape on it helped a lot. So I just added a lot more secure tape. See how it goes. It didn’t bother me at all.
“[Kanepi] obviously knows how to win. She played and beat the No. 1 seed. I’ve played her a lot. We’ve had some close matches. Each match is new. She knows how to play very good tennis.”
Play continues at the US Open at 11am (4pm BST) and on Arthur Ashe Stadium at 12pm (5pm BST).
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