London - Serena Williams won the latest instalment of her rivalry with sister
Venus as the world number one eased into the Wimbledon quarter-finals
with a 6-4, 6-3 victory on Monday.
Serena, bidding for her sixth
Wimbledon title, took just 67 minutes to see off Venus on Centre Court
and will play Victoria Azarenka or Belinda Bencic for a place in the
The 33-year-old hit 36 winners and 10 aces to secure
her 14th win in 26 meetings with her older sister, but it was clear
neither sibling enjoyed the experience.
"It's hard to feel excited
about (beating) someone you root for all the time no matter what and
you love so much and is your best friend in the world," Serena said.
"It's never easy to play someone you love and care about.
I don't know how many more moments like this we'll have. I plan on
playing for years but you never know if we'll have the opportunity to
face each other. So I just took the moment in."
With the awkward family reunion out of the way, Serena can refocus on her bid to rewrite the history books.
American, whose record for the year now stands at a remarkable 36-1,
remains on course to become the first woman to win the French Open and
Wimbledon back-to-back since she last achieved that feat in 2002.
is on a 25-match winning run at the majors, a blistering sequence that
brought her the 2014 US Open crown and the Australian and French Open
titles this year.
Serena will hold all four Grand Slam titles at the same time if she wins a sixth Wimbledon crown on Saturday.
would also leave the 20-time Grand Slam champion needing only to win
the US Open in August to become the first woman since Steffi Graf in
1988 to land all four majors in the same year.
Venus, 35, and Serena have combined to win 27 Grand Slams, including five for each at Wimbledon.
after regularly duelling for the sport's top prizes - they have played
in eight major finals - this was only the third clash of the Williams
clan in the last six years, their earliest ever at Wimbledon, and their
first Grand Slam showdown since the 2009 Wimbledon final won by Serena.
close off the court, to the extent that they shared a home in Florida
until recently, the sisters have never hidden how uncomfortable they
feel whenever they are forced to stand on opposing sides of the net.
following the pattern of their match-ups, which started 17 years ago in
Australia, the usually volatile Serena was far less demonstrative than
she had been when fighting back to beat Heather Watson in the previous
Even without the shrieks and fist-pumps, she still made a
scintillating start, breaking to love in the opening game and taking the
first eight points to established a quick 2-0 lead.
got on the scoreboard in the third game and when she blasted a fierce
winner to break back in the fourth game, it seemed Centre Court might be
engaged by a real battle.
But there were only occasional
outbreaks of brilliance from the sisters, whose own lack of emotional
engagement led to an equally subdued response from the crowd.
Serena produced most of them, breaking to go back ahead 3-2 and coasting through the rest of the set.
That remained the pattern in the second set.
Venus twice staved off two break points, in the first and seventh
games, she couldn't stem the tide forever and a ill-timed double fault
gifted Serena a 4-3 lead that effectively ended the contest.
was almost as if the sisters were relieved the ordeal was over as Serena
barely celebrated before they quickly walked off court together
Results at Wimbledon on Monday, the seventh day of the 2015 championships at the All England Club (x denotes seeding):
Richard Gasquet (FRA x21) bt Nick Kyrgios (AUS x26) 7-5, 6-1, 6-7 (7/9), 7-6 (8/6)
Vasek Pospisil (CAN) bt Viktor Troicki (SRB x22) 4-6, 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-3, 6-3
Serena Williams (USA x1) bt Venus Williams (USA x16) 6-4, 6-3
Coco Vandeweghe (USA) bt Lucie Safarova (CZE x6) 7-6 (7/1), 7-6 (7/4)
Madison Keys (USA x21) bt Olga Govortsova (BLR) 3-6, 6-4, 6-1