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Serena routs Venus, 6-1, 6-2

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Serena Williams kept booming big shots for winners, never allowing herself to feel sorry for the overmatche­d player on the other side.

So what if it happened to be her big sister? The Williams sisters, long ago in careers that have spanned 20 years and 30 meetings as profession­als, learned they had to view each other only as opponents — and in Serena’s eyes, Venus is the best one she’s ever played.

“Even though it’s difficult, especially for me,” Serena said, “we just do the best that we can.”

On Friday, it was perhaps the best she’s ever done against Venus.

Serena equaled her most-lopsided victory against her sister with a 6-1, 6-2 rout in the third round of the U.S. Open.

Serena shook off an early ankle injury to win seven straight games and seize control in perhaps her most dominant performanc­e since giving birth to her daughter a year ago Saturday.

The sisters’ earliest meeting in a Grand Slam tournament in 20 years was over early, with Venus unable to do anything to blunt Serena’s power, even after the fans that were part of Friday’s single-day record crowd of 70,162 tried desperatel­y to get behind her with pleas of “Come on, Venus!” early in the second set.

“I think it’s by far the best match I ever played against her in forever,” Serena said of the match that lasted just 1 hour, 12 minutes. /

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