31st August 2018
ESPN News Services
Serena Williams defeated Sister Venus Williams 6-1
"It's not easy," said Serena. "She's my best friend, she means the world to me, every time she loses I feel like I. It's not easy, but it's a tournament, we know there is more to it than just playing with each other and playing tennis. "
It was the earliest meeting of Seven Serena and 16-seed Venus in a Grand Slam tournament in 20 years. They had not played so early in a grand slam since Venus had won in the first round of the 1998 Australian Open in their first session as pros.
Serena's victory over Venus is bound for the worst win of all time in her 30 professional meetings. Serena defeated Venus 6-1, 6-2 at the Charleston semifinals in 2013. It was the shortest score for an important game in her rivalry; previously, Venus defeated Serena 6-2, 6-4 in the US Open 2001 final.
"That was my best match since my return," she said. "I've worked for it, I've been working really hard for the last three or four months, that's life, you have to work hard, no matter how high or how low you are, that's what I did."
She beat 10 aces to only one for Venus, who was perhaps a bit empty after two tough games to start the tournament, including a three-time winner against 2004 US Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in her opening fixture. Next is Serena for Kaia Kanepi – In the first round, Simona Halep prevailed in the fourth round.
Serena makes her 58th appearance in the Round of 16 – just about to tie Navratilova's record 59 in the Open Era among women.
This report uses information from the Associated Press.