Serena Williams won the battle of the Williams sisters to advance to the semifinals of the US Open 2015. Serena, now 2 wins away from making history of clinching a calendar year grand slam, won 6-2, 6-1, 6-3 against 35-year-old Venus on Tuesday at Flushing Meadows. Serena improved her win record to 16-11 against her older sister.
Serena’s next rival is Italian Roberta Vinci in the semifinals, who the 33-year-old American has defeated in all four contests till now.
Serena, who has 21 majors under her belt, finds her sister the toughest player to beat.
“It’s a really great moment,” Serena said. “She’s the toughest player I’ve played in my life and the best person I know. It’s going against your best friend. When I’m playing her I don’t think of her as my sister, because she’s hitting it so well. Holding serve in the third set was all I could do. She was just blasting it. It wasn’t really easy today at all. We just tried to give everyone a great match.”
23rd seed Venus came back to force a third set at Arthur Ashe stadium.
“Losing isn’t fun, but probably the most gratifying part is I’m still very excited to see Serena have an opportunity to win the four majors,” said Venus, who now eagerly awaits her sister’s glory.
Regarding her unseeded Italian opponent in the last four stage, Serena sounded cautious.
“She’s got nothing to lose, neither have I, so we’re just to go out and have a lot of fun.”