Serena Bests Venus in US Open

Sisters meet in dramatic quarter final
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 4, 2008 2:01 AM CDT
Serena Williams returns a shot to her sister, Venus, during their quarterfinal match at the US Open tennis tournament.    (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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(Newser) – Serena Williams barely got the better of older sister Venus to win the US Open quarter final yesterday in a match-up that was as dramatic as a final faceoff. Serena trailed 5-3 in both sets but came back to win 7-6 (6), 7-6 (7). She advances to the semifinals at Flushing Meadows for the first time since 2002.

"It's unfortunate it had to be in the quarters," Serena said of the victory over her sister. "I try not to look at her, because if I look at her, I might start feeling sorry. I want the best for her. I love her so much. She's my best friend." It was the siblings' 17th meeting as professionals, and Serena leads 9-8. The dynamic duo faceoffs include 11 matches at Grand Slams, where Serena has beaten her sis 6 times.