Serena Williams overcame a stern test from elder sister Venus in August to reach the quarterfinals at the inaugural Top Seed Open presented by Bluegrass Orthopaedics, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
"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," she said afterwards.
Serena rallied from a set down and 4-2 final set deficit to defeat the five-time Wimbledon champion for a 19th time in a thrilling two hours and 19 minutes.
The Williams sisters' WTA rivalry spanned into a 31st match and fourth decade with this meeting, their first since the 2018 US Open where Serena won in straight sets en route to the final.
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