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
"This was my best match since I returned," Serena said, perESPN. "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
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:
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.