Serena Williams has defeated her older sister Venus Williams, once again, with a score of 3-6 6-3 6-4 on Thursday and reached the quarter-finals of the inaugural Top Seed Open in Lexington. The 31st edition of this on-court sibling rivalry ended with Serena having an improved score of 19-12 in career head-to-head meetings with Venus.  This rivalry dates back 22 years.

Top-seeded Serena will face off American wildcard Shelby Rogers in the WTA International-level event.

The Williams sisters won a gold medal together in Doubles Women in the London 2012 Summer Olympics. Venus, 40, is ranked 67th in the world and 23 Grand Slam winner Serena, 38, said that her older sister’s game was “unbelievable.”

“She’s doing so good. I honestly don’t know how I was able to pull it off at the end. She played so well,” the younger sister said after the match, Yahoo reported.

What You Should Know

  • Williams sisters fought on-court and Serena defeated her sister Venus. This was the 31st edition of this on-court sibling rivalry as pros.
  • Serena Williams to face off Shelby Rogers in quarters.
  • “I’d say it was one of the all-time top five super-competitive matches between the two of us,” Serena said about the match.

Serena beats Venus

Serena has marked a smashing return to the courts after six months. She beat her older sister Venus in a hard-fought match. “I’d say it was one of the all-time top five super-competitive matches between the two of us,” Serena, who turns 39 next month, said about the duo’s match.

In her first-round match, she competed against world No 60 Bernarda Pera. Against Venus she enjoyed finishing the entertaining match in just two hours and 19 minutes. Venus was excellent in her opening‑round victory against the former No 1 Victoria Azarenka.

Serena was last seen helping Team USA defeat Latvia in Fed Cup play in Everett, Washington in February. A month later, all competitive tennis matches were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Serena is now targeting the upcoming major tournament, the US Open (Aug 31-Sept 13).

Also Read: Australian Open: Venus Williams oldest Grand Slam semi finalist in 23 years

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