Serena matches her easiest win over Venus in US Open rout

Serena matches her easiest win over Venus in US Open rout

By Associated Press

Published: 02:29 BST, 1 September 2018 | Updated: 02:37 BST, 1 September 2018

Serena Williams equaled her most-lopsided victory ever in 30 professional meetings with sister Venus, beating her 6-1, 6-2 on Friday night in the third round of the U.S. Open.

Serena shook off an early ankle injury to win seven straight games and seize control in perhaps her most dominant performance since giving birth to her a daughter a year ago Saturday.

The sisters' earliest meeting in a Grand Slam tournament in 20 years was over early, with Venus unable to do anything to blunt Serena's power, even after the crowd tried desperately to get behind her early in the second set.

Serena Williams returns a shot to Venus Williams during the third round of the U.S. Open on Friday

Serena Williams returns a shot to Venus Williams during the third round of the U.S. Open on Friday

Venus Williams sits during a changeover in her third-round match against Serena Williams at the U.S. Open

Venus Williams sits during a changeover in her third-round match against Serena Williams at the U.S. Open

Serena Williams, left, walks past Venus Williams during a changeover in a third-round match in the U.S. Open

Serena Williams, left, walks past Venus Williams during a changeover in a third-round match in the U.S. Open

They hadn't played this early in a Grand Slam since Venus

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