New York – Under the bright lights of Arthur Ashe Stadium, Serena Williams showed she is returning to form, handily beating older sister Venus 6-1, 6-2 in 72 minutes to advance to the fourth round of the U.S. Open for the 17th straight time.
In the 30th meeting between one of sports most legendary siblings, Serena played some of her most extraordinary, inspired tennis since returning to the tour after having a baby. “It’s the best match she’s ever played against me.” — Venus Williams said in her post match interview.
To say Serena was locked in would be an unstatemant. The 17th seeded, 6-time US Open Champion overcame a scary moment early in the first set after she rolled her right ankle, and began firing on all cylinders. Stat of the night for Serena? 10 aces while serving an astounding 88% first serve percentage.
Even in a near pristine, stellar performance, Serena remained very subdued in her post-match interview as she always is after a win against her big sister. “It feels good for the match to be over” she said. “Win or lose, it just feels good that that’s done.”
What has to feel better for Serena is moving on in a Grand Slam with every win a step closer to a historic 24th Slam title, which would be the most in the Open Era.
Next up for Serena, a fourth round meeting with Kaia Kanepi, who took out World No.1 Simona Halep in the first round.