Serena proves she is leading lady in Williams sister act

Mon Jul 6, 2015 12:23pm EDT
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By Pritha Sarkar

LONDON (Reuters) - It was yet another awkward encounter that is unlikely to live long in the memory but Venus Williams showed that she was no sore loser when she whispered some "sisterly words" into Serena's ear as they embraced at the net at Wimbledon on Monday.

A contest featuring siblings, who between them have hoisted the Rosewater Dish 10 times, should have been a blockbuster but, as has been the case in the majority of their previous 25 meetings, it turned out to be an anti-climax that ended in a 6-4 6-3 fourth round triumph for younger sister Serena.

"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 as she inched closer to a sixth Wimbledon title and a 21st major.

"It's never easy but you just play for the competition and enjoy the moment."

No one named Williams, however, appeared to be enjoying "the moment" on Monday.

Mum Oracene, a regular in the players' box for all of her daughters' battles, was missing from Centre Court. And the match lacked the usual roars and swinging fist pumps that have long been Serena's hallmark.

Instead, the 68-minute blur started with Serena rattling through the first eight points, which prompted one male voice to shout "Come on Williams" to laughter from the Centre Court crowd.

It was no laughing matter for the two sisters, however, as they maintained their poker faces -- even opting not to challenge close calls they would have against any other rival -- while nervously trading breaks before the world number one moved 4-2 ahead.   Continued...

Serena Williams of the U.S.A. hits a shot during her match against Venus Williams of the U.S.A. at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, July 6, 2015.                  REUTERS/Toby Melville