Venus Williams defeated her younger sister Serena 6-2, 6-4 on Saturday to win her second consecutive U.S. Open championship.
It was the first time two sisters had played in a U.S. Open final. The last time two sisters played for a Grand Slam championship was in 1884, when Maud Watson defeated Lillian Watson at Wimbledon. It was also the first time two black athletes played for a Grand Slam singles title.
Both Williams sisters entered the final as former U.S. Open champions — Serena won in 1999, Venus in 2000.
This was the sixth time the sisters had met, and the fifth of those matchups won by Venus. Two of those meetings were at other Grand Slam events: the opening round of the 1998 Australian Open and the 2000 Wimbledon semifinal.
A crowd of 23,023 turned out to see the sisters play for the title. Absent was Richard Williams, the sisters' father, who left before the match began saying he couldn't bear to see one sister beat the other.
Serena won the coin toss and came out strong, hitting two winners, to reach a break point that she failed to convert. After that, it was Venus' game.
Venus hit four consecutive winners in the fourth game, including a 109 mile per hour serve that knocked the racket from her sister's hand. The first set ended in 28 minutes.
The second set began with Venus leading 2-0 before Serena came back to hold the score at 3-3. Venus hit a return winner to break again for a 5-4 lead. On the first match point, Serena hit a backhand into the net.
At the end of the match, the sisters calmly walked to the net and embraced each other. Venus said to Serena, "I love you."
On Friday, Venus came from behind to beat Jennifer Capriati 6-4, 6-2. Capriati has won two Grand Slam titles this year.
Earlier Friday, Serena didn't have as much trouble with the top-ranked player in the world, Martina Hingis, beating Hingis 6-3, 6-2 in 51 minutes. The Williams sister broke Hingis' serve three times in the first set. Serena had 19 winners to just three for Hingis in the first set and blistered five aces.
"Mentally, I was too passive. I was too defensive," Hingis said.
On Sunday, four-time U.S. Open champ Pete Sampras will meet Australian Lleyton Hewitt. Sampras has 14 Grand Slam championships; this will be Hewitt's first appearance in a Grand Slam final.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.