Serena Williams vs. Venus Williams: Results, highlights from Serena's third-round U.S. Open win

Venus Williams, Serena Williams (Getty Images)

In the 30th overall matchup between the Williams sisters, Serena came away victorious, defeating Venus 6-1, 6-2 on Friday in the third round of the U.S. Open in Arthur Ashe Stadium at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, in New York’s Flushing Meadows.

As comfortable as the winning margin may have been, the match was anything but for Serena Williams, the 17th seed in the tournament. She twisted her right ankle early in the first set as Venus Williams, the 16th seed, went on to even the set 1-1. Serena limped through the rest of the set, but took the next five games in dominating fashion.  

The second set was much of the same, although Serena was still slightly limping.

After Friday’s matchup, Serena now holds an overall 18-12 advantage with an 11-5 advantage in majors,  according to the U.S. Tennis Association .

Serena Williams moves on to face Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi in the fourth round. Kanepi is fresh off a 6-3, 7-6 (3) win over Rebecca Peterson.

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Serena Williams vs. Venus Williams live results, scores, highlights

FINAL: Serena Williams def. Venus Williams 6-1, 6-2 (all times Eastern)

Set 2: Serena 6, Venus 2 

9:15:  Serena overcomes the early injury and wins 6-1, 6-2 over her sister. 

9:09:  Just when it seemed like Serena would take the match with consecutive 6-1 victories, Venus storms back to extend things. 

9 p.m.: Serena is continuing to get the best of Venus, taking a commanding 4-1 lead in set two. She’s two points away from a victory. 

8:52:  Serena cruises through the first two points in the second set but Venus takes the next point. Overall, this looks like Serena’s match despite her right ankle bothering her. 

Set 1: Serena 6, Venus 1 

8:40:  Serena battles through the injury and dominates in set one. She’s still in some apparent pain, but she’s still playing well nonetheless. 

8:12:  Serena wins the next point but is still slightly limping. The television broadcast is showing the sequence where she got hurt, and it appears she twisted her right ankle. During the break, a trainer tends to her and adds more even more bulk to an already taped ankle. 

8:08:  Serena appears to have hurt her leg, and she is not moving around as quickly. She’s starting to favor her thigh and it’s unclear what her injury is at this point. A 40-15 advantage in the second point quickly dissapears as Venus takes the second point. 

8 p.m.: Serena wins the coin toss and elects to serve. She’s come out strong and gets the first point against Venus.