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Serena gets the better of Venus in South Africa

ESPN staff
November 4, 2012 « Ennis: I wouldn't want to repeat 2012 | Chartbeat test »

Serena Williams restored parity as she defeated sister Venus Williams on the second leg of their tour of Africa.

The world No. 3 was well beaten by her sister in Nigeria on Friday, but claimed a 6-3 6-4 victory in their second exhibition match in Johannesburg on Sunday.

In front of a packed crowd inside Ellis Park's indoor arena, Serena broke in the fifth game to take a lead in the opening set.

While Venus played up to the crowd in the opening set, Serena was focused on avenging her defeat in Lagos earlier in the week and she showed glimpses of the form that saw her win two grand slam titles in 2012.

With victory in her sights, she began to lighten up and rallied with a ball girl while her sister went off court for a comfort break.

The youngster, playing with Venus' racket, delighted the crowd as she beat Serena with a cross-court forehand winner after a gentle rally, earning a hug from Serena at the net.

"South Africa, you guys are completely amazing," Serena said. "I've loved my time I've had here. It's been incredible. I have to come back and spend weeks here on vacation."

South Africa Minister of Sport Fikile Mbalula said: "This won't be their last visit to South Africa. If they don't want to come back, we'll chase them on Twitter and find them."

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