US Open 2018: Serena Williams beats sister Venus to reach fourth round

Serena Williams has beaten her older sister Venus Williams to reach the US Open fourth round in New York.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion beat her big sister, Venus Williams, 6-1, 6-2 in their highly-anticipated matchup on Friday at the U.S. Open in Queens.

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NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 31: Venus Williams of the United States returns the ball during her women’s singles third round match against Serena Williams of the United States on Day Five of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 31, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Serena Williams of US returns the ball to Venus Williams of US during their 2018 US Open women’s tennis match August 31, 2018 in New York. (Photo by Don EMMERT / AFP/Getty Images)

The sisters — Serena seeded 17th and Venus 16th — played each other in the third round of the Grand Slam tournament.

Serena, 36, beat out Venus, 38, with 2-0 in sets and will now move on to the round of 16.

Serena Williams, who had a medical timeout in the first set, will play Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi in the last 16.

The American siblings, aged 38 and 36, were playing for the 30th time since they first competed against each other 20 years ago.

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2018 US Open Tennis Tournament- Day Five. Winner Serena Williams of the United States embraces with sister Venus Williams of the United States after the Women’s Singles round three match on Arthur Ashe Stadium at the 2018 US Open Tennis Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 31st, 2018 in Flushing, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

“This was my best match since I have returned. It’s not easy,” Serena said of beating her big sister Venus in an interview after the match.

“She’s my best friend, she means the world to me. She’s so supportive of my career and I’m extremely supportive of her career and every time she loses I feel like I do.

So yeah, it’s not very easy, but it’s a tournament and we all know that there’s more to life than just playing each other and playing tennis.”

Venus said she thought it was her sister’s best performance in their matches, because she did not “even get to really touch any balls”.

“I don’t think I did a lot wrong. But she just did everything right,” Venus told a news conference.

“Obviously, that level is definitely where she’s going to want to stay during this whole tournament.”

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