For the first time in six years against sister Venus, Serena Williams demonstrated why – and how – she’s distanced herself as the better of the two sisters, as well as perhaps the greatest women’s tennis player to play this game.
Monday the younger Williams sister, 33, beat 35-year-old Venus in their 26th career meeting, earning a berth in the Wimbledon quarterfinals.
The world number one came through 6-4 6-3 in one hour and eight minutes on Centre Court.
Serena, two years younger at 33, has now won 15 of the American siblings’ 26 professional contests.
She remains on course to complete the third leg of a possible calendar Grand Slam.
Her last defeat at one of the four majors came at the All England Club 12 months ago, and her sister could not end a run that has taken in victories at the US, Australian and French Opens.
“It’s never easy to play someone you love and care about,” said the world number one. “You just play for the competition and enjoy the moment.”
Illness and injury have hampered Venus since her last Wimbledon title in 2008, but with five Wimbledon singles crowns apiece, the fourth round was still an early stage for such a heavyweight encounter.