Photos by Anita Aguilar
NEW YORK–On Friday night in Arthur Ashe Stadium, the highly anticipated third-round between Serena and Venus Williams turned into a quick affair.
"It's just about focusing on each point. It's not necessarily Venus, and it is my sibling, but it's one of the greatest players of all time, by far the greatest player I've ever played against," Serena said. "It is definitely something that you have to put aside if you're playing against someone like her."
Serena was on fire from start to finish, even with an ankle sprain near the start of the match.
"I think it's the best match she's ever played against me," Venus said. "I don't think I did a lot wrong. But she just did everything right."
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In their previous meeting this year in Indian Wells, it was Venus winning in straight sets.
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But in New York, with a 6-1, 6-2 demolition, Serena put away her big sister in just 72 minutes.
It was their 30th career meeting against each other, and it matched their most one-sided—a Charleston semifinal win for Serena by the same 6-1, 6-2 score back in 2013.
Venus will slip down to No. 18 in the rankings after failing to defend her semifinal finish from last year.
Serena moves on to a fourth-round encounter against Kaia Kanepi on Sunday.