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Serena Williams of the United States makes a
return to Venus Williams of the United States,
during their singles match against at the All England
Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London,
yesterday. Serena won 6-4, 6-3. AP PHOTO
LONDON---Decades ago, when the Williams sisters
were kids in California, taking tennis lessons from
Dad on a municipal court and imagining playing at
Grand Slam tournaments one day, it was Venus---
older, taller, stronger---who usually beat Serena.
Never a fan of losing to her sibling---who would
be?---Serena cheated a tad every so often, lying about
whether Venus shots landed in or out.
"That s the past," Serena jokes now with an eye roll.
"I was young."
As professionals, on the sport s biggest stages, Serena
has been better, especially lately.
Yesterday at Centre Court, in the 26th all-Williams
contest on tour but first at a major in six years, No
1-seeded Serena played solidly enough to beat No 16
Venus 6-4, 6-3 and reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals,
closing in on third leg of a calendar-year Grand Slam.
This matchup between five-time champions at the
All England Club was one-sided, done in 68 minutes.
It s Serena s sixth win in the past seven matches against
Venus, part of a 15-11 edge overall. When it ended,
Serena walked calmly, quietly---none of her customary
"Come on!" exuberance---to envelop Venus in a long
hug. On Serena s mind, it turns out, was this question:
How many installments are left in this one-of-a-kind
"I just thought, Wow, I m 33, and she just turned
35. I don t know how many more moments like this
we ll have. I plan on playing for years, but you never
know if we ll have the opportunity to face each other,"
Serena said after they walked off court with matching
red racket bags.
"I just took the moment in, and I thought, We re
at Wimbledon. I remember when I was 8 years old,
we dreamed of this moment, and it was kind of sur-
Venus take on the likelihood of future meetings?
"When that moment is over, it will be over," she
said, shrugging her shoulders. "It s not now."
Serena, 36-1 this season, has won 25 Grand Slam
matches in a row. Get past former No 1 Victoria Azarenka
on Tuesday, then win twice more, and she would com-
plete a self-styled "Serena Slam" of four consecutive
major championships, something she also did in 2002-
03. Looking further ahead, Serena could go to the US
Open with a chance at the first true Grand Slam---four
majors in a single season---since Steffi Graf in 1988.
When a reporter made a passing reference to that,
Serena rested her chin on her left hand and declared:
"I no longer answer questions about Grand Slams."
Other matches today: Maria Sharapova vs CoCo
Vandeweghe, Agnieszka Radwanska vs Madison Keys,
Timea Bacsinszky vs Garbine Muguruza. Serena, Keys
and Vandeweghe give the United States three Wim-
bledon women s quarterfinalists for the first time since
Three of tomorrow s men s quarterfinals are set:
Roger Federer against Gilles Simon, Andy Murray
against Vasek Pospisil, and Stan Wawrinka against
Richard Gasquet. Defending champion Novak Djokovic
dropped the first two sets, then won the next two,
before his fourth-round match against Kevin Anderson
was suspended because of darkness. They ll play the
fifth set today; the winner faces Marin Cilic.
Until yesterday, Venus hadn t dropped a set, but
Serena won yesterday s first eight points and wound
up with 36 winners and 13 unforced errors.
"Very focused from the start. Very aggressive," said
Serena s coach, Patrick Mouratoglou. "No matter who
is on the other side of the court, that s Serena s job---
to win. For Venus, also. But it s not something easy
or pleasant against each other."
The Williams parents and other siblings weren t in
the guest box, where rapper Drake sat next to Serena s
agent, and singer John Legend and his wife, TV host
Chrissy Teigen, sat behind Mouratoglou.
It took until the 15th point for Venus to register a
winner. That s also how long it took for a spectator
to draw guffaws by shouting, "Come on, Williams!"
An opponent who, unlike most others, pounds serves
at 121 mph, as she did Monday, and returns the 115
mph serves Venus hits.
Other foes, of course, didn t grow up in the same
home, didn t learn the game from the same instructors,
didn t travel the world for years practicing with---and
playing doubles alongside---each other.
"Boy, she has a game to just knock anyone s socks
off," Serena said about Venus. "So you just have to be
Serena usually is. (AP)
Serena Williams tops Venus
A win, then a hug:
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