Serena Williams to monitor ankle after injury scare in crushing Venus win

Serena pulled off the win (Picture: AFP/Getty)

Serena Williams was at her ruthless best as she dumped her older sister out of the US Open, securing a 6-1 6-2 win over Venus on Friday night.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion certainly didn’t go easy on her sibling, producing a performance she described as her ‘best’ since her return from pregnancy earlier this year.

While the result never appeared in doubt, there was a sticky moment on court for the 36-year-old early in the match as she rolled her ankle.

Though Serena seemed relaxed about the situation, she admitted she will be monitoring it closely on Saturday ahead of her last-16 tie with Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi.

‘I actually roll my ankle a lot so I was trying to get it as taped as much as I could and we’ll see how it is tomorrow,’ she said in her on-court interview.

Serena Williams’ ankle was a cause for concern (Picture: AFP/Getty)

Her physical condition may be of some concern, but Serena was delighted with the manner in which she conducted her business.

‘This was my best match since I returned,’ she added. ‘I worked for it. I worked really hard these last three or four months.

‘That’s life, you have to keep working hard no matter ups or downs you have. That’s what I’ve been doing.’

The pair embraced after the match (Picture: Corbis via Getty)

Of course, competing against a family member adds an extra dimension to proceedings and Serena alluded to how hard it can be to take on her sister.

‘It’s not easy,’ the American continued. ‘She’s my best friend. She means the world to me and is so supportive of my career.

‘Every time she loses I feel like I do. It’s a tournament and we all know there’s more to life than playing each other and just playing tennis.’

‘I hope my dad didn’t watch. It’s his two daughters playing, it’s not easy. I know he’s probably feeling as nervous as we both were.’


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