2005 NASDAQ-100 Open
VENUS WILLIAMS v SERENA WILLIAMS
Venus Williams beat her sister Serena for the first time in three and a half years on Tuesday, sealing a place in the semi-finals of the Nasdaq-100 Open with a 6-1, 7-6, victory.
Venus brought to an end her sister's three-year reign as women's champion here, and will play Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova in the last four.
"We've played some huge matches," said Venus. "This one definitely is a highlight.
"The first set was fantastic. The second set I definitely missed some opportunities (but) credit to Serena. It's not like she gave me that many points. I definitely had my hands full."
Venus had lost to her younger sister in their last six meetings and had not bettered her since the 2001 US Open final.
"A loss is a loss, so for me it's no different to losing to any top player," said Serena.
Venus raced to a 5-0 lead in the first set and always looked the stronger but Serena fought back in the second and had two set-points in the decisive tiebreaker before her sister wrapped the match up.
"There was nothing I could do in the first set but I had plenty of chances in the second," said Serena. "I made some errors at the wrong time."
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