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Venus Williams stands tall but doesn't stand in way of Serena's historic quest

Venus Williams stands tall but doesn't stand in way of Serena's historic quest

The Williams sisters put some nice whipped cream and frosting on the inevitable here Tuesday night.

Venus played well, hit hard, served big and competed fiercely.

And Serena won.

That was what tennis hoped for, as well as everybody else the least bit interested. Maybe even Venus, as long as she felt good about her effort, which she said she did.

The score was 6-2, 1-6, 6-3. You would have gotten very short odds in Vegas that it would be something like that. Serena's No. 1 ranking alone was the clearest indication that it would go like this, as well as those 21 major titles, 14 more than Venus has.

Now, history circles overhead at the U.S. Open, rather than...

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