On Friday night, Serena Williams defeated her sister Venus Williams 6-1, 6-2 in the third round of the 2018 U.S. Open at New York City's Arthur Ashe Stadium. This latest content was the 30th time the sisters have played against one another professionally.
Serena won despite rolling her ankle in the opening minutes of the highly anticipated match. The last time the two sisters faced off this early in a Grand Slam was all the way back at the 1998 Australian Open. Venus won that contest.
It's been 20 years since Venus and Serena have faced off in the US Open. pic.twitter.com/5W1fO1Nlld— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) September 1, 2018
"This was my best match since I returned," Serena said, per ESPN. "I worked for it. I worked really hard these last three or four months. That's life, you have to keep working hard, no matter ups or downs you have. That's what I've been doing."
It's a little dusty in here 😭 pic.twitter.com/xtHSEZkq2S— espnW (@espnW) September 1, 2018
Serena defeats her older sister for the 11th time in a major. The only women in the Open Era with as many wins in majors against one opponent are:— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 1, 2018
Martina Navratilova - 14 wins vs Chris Evert
Serena Williams - 11 wins vs Venus Williams
Steffi Graf - 11 wins vs Gabriela Sabatini pic.twitter.com/GYodGaEv01
Serena's next match will be against Kaia Kanepi this coming Sunday.