Serena Williams defeated sister Venus 6-4, 6-3 for the first BNP Paribas Billie Jean King Cup at Madison Square Garden in New York last night.
The top lady baller got past Ana Ivanovic 6-3 and V beat Jelena Jankovic 6-4 in the one set semifinal matches. ReRe earned $400,000, V received $300,000 (thanks Pamela!) for the win and the Serbian sisters received a hefty $250,000 appearance fee for just showing up to work. How nice.
And before the final match, BJK was honored during a presentation featuring a number of top female athletes from the past, present, and future as well as former U.S. president Bill Clinton. The man can still give a great speech.
Creepiest moment: The unfortunate reappearance of USA Networks' on the ground U.S. Open interviewer Michael Barkan. Did he really say "spread eagle" on live TV? Ick.
Big kudos to the USTA for continuing to create more high profile opportunities to showcase tennis and promoting the hell out of the BJK Cup. I'm hoping this trend continues.
More images from the night below!
(images via ap + getty)