Serena Williams lost just three games to see off her sister Venus in the third round of the 2018 US Open, their 30th career meeting. Serena’s 6-1 6-2 scoreline equals her most lopsided win over her big sis, the semifinal one that happened at Charleston 2013.
The 36-year-old Serena, who gave birth to her daughter last September, commented on the dominant triumph:
This was my best match since I have returned.
Venus also praised her sister’s game:
I don’t think I did a lot wrong. But she just did everything right.
Moreover, the 38-year-old considers this was Serena’s best performance in their 30 encounters, because she did not “even get to really touch any balls”.
In the second game of the match, Serena twisted her right ankle and had it treated soon afterwards, but it apparently didn’t prevent her from reaching the fourth round at the US Open for the 17th successive time.
In the last 16, Serena will face Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi, who upset world No.1 Simona Halep in the first round.