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Top Seed Open: Serena Williams knocks Venus out in thrilling encounter, enters quarterfinals

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Serena Williams got here from a set behind to beat sister Venus Williams, coming into the quarterfinals of the Top Seed Open.

Twenty three-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams overcame a stern check from elder sister Venus to make it to the quarter-finals on the inaugural Top Seed Open.

Serena, No. 1 seed, defeated Venus 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a thrilling match that lasted for 2 hours and 19 minutes on Thursday performed on the Centre Court.

“I’ve lost a few tight sets lately, so I was telling myself I really wanted to win this one and try to focus on those last two games,” Serena stated in her on-court interview as per the WTA web site.

“I’m super relaxed. Having no crowd sort of makes things more relaxing. I’ve practised in louder places than this court!”

“I honestly didn’t come here to win. For the first time in my career, I came here to win some matches and see what happens. I haven’t had this much time off since the baby, so now I’m just trying to get some rhythm and see what happens,” she added.

It was Serena’s 19th win over the five-time Wimbledon champion in their 31 encounters.

Serena will subsequent face Shelby Rogers — who defeated rising Canadian star Leylah Annie Fernandez 6-2, 7-5 — for a spot in the semi-finals.

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