Serena Williams defeated Venus Williams to reach U.S. Open semi final – PHOTOS

Serena Williams reacts after losing a point to Venus Williams during a quarterfinal match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Serena Williams reacts after losing a point to Venus Williams during a quarterfinal match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

The hug at the net was the conclusion to an evening that would make a great no, a grand chapter in the book of Serena and Venus Williams’ careers: the two embracing, older sibling with words of praise for her kid sister: “I’m so happy for you.”

Venus, never happy to lose, could walk away with her head held high: On this night Serena was the better player, a 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 winner in a battle that was as much physical as it was mental and emotional. The victory delivers Serena into the semifinals of the U.S. Open, just two matches from a rarified calendar Grand Slam.

What Serena faces next is what many call the easy part: She has 43rd-ranked Roberta Vinci in the semifinals, a player she’s never lost to in four meetings.

Win and she’s into a fifth consecutive U.S. Open final. She’s 21-4 in major championship matches.

PHOTOS:

Serena Williams of the U.S. returns a shot to her sister and compatriot Venus Williams during their quarterfinals match at the U.S. Open Championships tennis tournament in New York, September 8, 2015.    REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Serena Williams of the U.S. returns a shot to her sister and compatriot Venus Williams during their quarterfinals match at the U.S. Open Championships tennis tournament in New York, September 8, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Venus Williams of the U.S. returns a shot to her sister and compatriot Serena Williams during their quarterfinals match at the U.S. Open Championships tennis tournament in New York, September 8, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Venus Williams of the U.S. returns a shot to her sister and compatriot Serena Williams during their quarterfinals match at the U.S. Open Championships tennis tournament in New York, September 8, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Venus Williams follows through on a shot to Serena Williams during a quarterfinal match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Venus Williams follows through on a shot to Serena Williams during a quarterfinal match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Venus Williams returns a shot to Serena Williams during a quarterfinal match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Venus Williams returns a shot to Serena Williams during a quarterfinal match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Venus Williams, right, returns a shot to Serena Williams during a quarterfinal match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Venus Williams, right, returns a shot to Serena Williams during a quarterfinal match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Serena Williams reacts after losing a point to Venus Williams during a quarterfinal match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Serena Williams reacts after losing a point to Venus Williams during a quarterfinal match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Serena Williams, left, and Venus Williams change sides of the court during a quarterfinal match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Serena Williams, left, and Venus Williams change sides of the court during a quarterfinal match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Serena Williams watches one of her shots fall during a quarterfinal match against Venus Williams at the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Serena Williams watches one of her shots fall during a quarterfinal match against Venus Williams at the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

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