Serena crushes Venus at US Open

Serena crushes Venus at US Open
Serena Williams is congratulated by her sister Venus Williams after she won the third round match of the US Open.
New York, Sep 1 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 9/1/2018 12:31:46 PM IST

Serena Williams raced to a 6-2 6-1 victory over sister Venus to progress to the fourth round of the US Open.

There will be further tests to come that will show whether Serena is totally back to her best, but there was little to fault as she won in just 71 minutes, equalling the most one-sided match in their long history.

The sisters shared an embrace at the net before a muted wave to the crowd from Serena, who will next face Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi.

“It’s not easy,” said the 36-year-old. “She’s my best friend, she means the world to me and she’s so supportive of my career and I’m extremely supportive of her career. Every time she loses I feel like I lose. I love her with all my heart and she’s the only reason I’m still out here. I owe everything to her.”

Meanwhile, Ukrainian world No. 7 Elina Svitolina has advanced to the round of 16 for the second straight year with a routine 6-4, 6-4 victory over China’s Wang Qiang.

The 23-year-old Svitolina won the match in an hour and eight minutes on Friday, thanks to her more consistent baseline game and a perfect five-for-five conversion rate on break points.

Wang struck 19 winners to Svitolina’s 14, but her 27 unforced errors (15 more than the Ukrainian) proved to be her undoing.

Next up for the No. 7 seed in the round of 16 will be 28-year-old Latvian Anastasija Sevastova, a US Open quarter-finalist in 2016 and 2017.



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