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Serena Williams battles past sister Venus in 31st career clash

August 13, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Back against the wall against her sister Venus in grueling conditions, Serena Williams finally found her game.

The 23-time major tennis champion, playing in only her first event since February, rallied back from a break down in the final set to overcome her sister, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the second round of the inaugural Top Seed Open in Lexington, Kentucky.

The event in Kentucky serves as a warmup event for the US Open, which starts at the end of this month in New York and where Serena is trying to win a record-tying 24th major singles title.

The sisters played their first official match in the second round of the 1998 Australian Open, when a 17-year-old Venus beat her 16-year-old sister in straight sets.

Although Venus, a seven-time major winner and former world No. 1, had the edge over her younger sibling in the early years, Serena has since dominated, taking nine of the last 11 meetings before this week and winning an Open era record 23 major singles championships.

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