Serena Williams Defeats Sister Venus Williams at U.S. Open

The sisterly competition at the U.S. Open has ended with one sister going home in defeat, and the other continuing a grand slam bid.

Serena Williams defeated her sister, Venus Williams, in the U.S. Open quarterfinals on Tuesday. This allows Serena to continue her pursuit of the first overall tennis Grand Slam in 27 years. More specifically, Serena is only two wins away from making history by being the first player since Steffi Graf in 1988 to win all four Grand Slam titles in one year. That’s huge, considering the amount of work that goes into winning even one Grand Slam title, much less all four.

Of course, despite both sisters being world-class athletes, the result wasn’t entirely surprising, considering Serena is the top seed in the U.S. Open this year, while Venus was seeded 23rd overall. Still, Venus turned in a solid showing, although Serena handily came out on top with a 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 victory.

This is the 27th time the Williams sisters have met in professional competition, and it remains the biggest sibling rivalry in professional sports, matched only by, say, Peyton and Eli Manning over in the NFL. But even factoring in the Mannings, one could make the argument that the competition between Venus and Serena has been far more heated, with Serena leading the series 16 matches to 11 (counting today’s outing). However, they’re similar to the Mannings in another huge way: their competitive rivalry has apparently not hampered their sibling bond at all. The two shared a happy hug at center court after their climactic showdown, as Venus congratulated her sister on advancing to the semifinals at Flushing Meadows in New York.

“She’s the toughest player I’ve ever played in my life and the best person I know,” said Serena. “It’s going against your best friend and at the same time going against the greatest competitor, for me, in women’s tennis.”

Serena Williams Defeats Sister Venus at U.S. Open

Credit: Sam Hodgson/New York Times

If Serena can claim victory this year, it would be her fourth consecutive U.S. Open championship, and her seventh overall, which would bring her within shooting distance of matching Graf’s hefty 22 championship score, and even closer to the all-time record-holder, Margaret Court, who held 24. Recently, Serena won Grand Slam singles title #20 at the French Open.

We wish Serena the best of luck in her pursuit of U.S. Open glory! And hey, if things don’t work out, she’s still got a good thing going with Drake!

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