Serena Williams is now just two victories from the first calendar-year Grand Slam since 1988 after an intense match against her older sister Venus on Tuesday night. Serena won the U.S. Open quarterfinal match 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 at Arthur Ashe Stadium before a crowd of 23,771, which included Oprah, Donald Trump, and Kim Kardashian. After Serena ended the match with a 107 mph ace, Venus hugged her at the net and whispered, “So happy for you.”
“She’s the toughest player I’ve ever played in my life, and the best person I know,” Serena said. “So it’s going against your best friend and at the same time for me going against the greatest competitor in women’s tennis. So it was really difficult today.” Her next round is expected to be easier. She’s the heavy favorite against Roberta Vinci, who she’s beaten all four times they’ve played. Here are the highlights from the Williams sisters’ showdown.