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‘She was unbelievable’ – Serena Williams pays tribute to sister Venus after winning latest round in rivalry

Serena Williams won the latest instalment of her rivalry with Venus Williams, roaring back from a set down to clinch victory in Lexington.

It was the 31st meeting between the two, and the contest lasted nearly two-and-a-half hours before Serena wrestled it from her sister’s grasp.

It wasn’t without struggle, though, with Serena finding herself 2-4 down in the decider before rattling off four successive games to seal a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 win.

“I think she played unbelievable, she’s doing so good,” Serena Williams said of sister Venus. “I honestly don’t know how I managed to pull it out of the can.”

“The last couple of games I just really wanted to win because I’ve been losing a lot of those tight sets.

“So I said (to myself) ‘I really want to try and win this.’ Just for my game and confidence. So I really tried to focus on those last two games.”

The win means Serena has won the 10 of the last 12 meetings between the two, and 19 of the 31 overall.

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