Serena Williams defeats sister Venus, moves closer to calendar grand slam

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NEW YORK — Serena Williams defeated her sister Venus Tuesday evening and is one step closer to a calendar grand slam.

Serena won the first set 6-2 Tuesday evening.

Venus rallied in the second set 1-6, pushing her younger sister into a third set. Serena had a near perfect set in the first round but had three double-faults in the second.

In the third set Serena closed the deal.

They first met in a grand slam — the 1998 Australian Open — and world No. 1 Serena says facing her old sister Venus never gets any easier.

“The only player in the draw I don’t want to play, not only because she’s my sister, but for me she’s the best player,” the 33-year-old Serena said of Venus, a former No. 1 who is now ranked No. 23 in the world.

“She has beaten me so many times,” added Serena, who has defeated her sister 15 times in their previous 26 meetings, winning eight of their previous grand slam encounters.

“She’s a player that knows how to win, knows how to beat me and knows my weaknesses better than anyone.”

The two sisters met at Wimbledon in July, where Serena claimed a comfortable win before going on to lift the title for the sixth time.