Serena Williams may have ended her big sister Venus’ best chance for an eighth major title to keep her calendar grand slam bid on track. The younger Williams prevailed 6-4, 6-3 in the siblings’ first Wimbledon meeting in six years, to reach her 11th quarter-final at SW19.
The two five-time Wimbledon champions held nothing back on Centre Court, but Serena out-slugged her 35-year-old sister to sustain the dream of that elusive calendar slam. Whatever big weapons Venus threw at her sister, Serena swatted aside, claiming the second set 6-3, and with it the match.
Former Wimbledon champion Lindsay Davenport branded this the match everyone wants to see, but cannot bear to watch in previewing the family battle of her fellow Americans.
Both sisters were able to suspend their inseparable bond long enough to throw everything at their respective bids for history however, creating an engaging and brutal contest.
Serena hailed Venus as the “pioneer” without whom she could never have dominated the history of the women’s game, while praising her grit to withstand auto-immune condition Sjogren’s syndrome and sustain her career.