Serena hammers big sister Venus in Family Circle Cup


Mon, Apr 08, 2013 - Page 19

World No. 1 Serena Williams breezed past older sister Venus 6-1, 6-2 in their first meeting since 2009 in the semi-finals of the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, South Carolina, on Saturday.

Serena was due to face former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic of Serbia in yesterday’s final.

Jankovic outlasted Switzerland’s Stefanie Voegele 6-4, 6-7 (6/8), 6-2 in a tougher encounter.

Serena, 31, needed only 22 minutes to take the first set against the fifth seed Venus. She then completed the 54-minute straight-sets victory over 32-year-old Venus to prevail for the 14th time in 24 matches against her sister.

“Venus has had a great week, and honestly, if she hadn’t had to play so many matches, it would have been a much tougher match,” Serena told reporters.

The semi-final came a day after both had played third-round and quarter-final matches on Friday because of rain delays.

“She’ll never admit it, but I don’t think she was 100 percent, but you will never get that out of her,” Serena said.

“And quite frankly, three matches for her is much tougher than three matches for me. It’s definitely not easy — because I’m struggling, and I can’t imagine what she must be feeling,” Serena said.

Venus was playing in her second premier-level semi-final since returning from a seven-month illness layoff in March last year.

“I felt pretty good actually — it would have been nicer to have more space between the matches, but it did not work out,” Venus said.

Jankovic gave Voegele hope after losing the second set tiebreak, before stepping on the gas in the final set, winning the last four games for the victory.