Venus Williams wins match against sister Serena in Indian Wells Tour

Paola Ditto
Marzo 14, 2018

American tennis ace Serena Williams' return after a 15-month pregnancy layoff suffered a major blow as she knocked out of the Indian Wells Masters after going down against elder sister Venus Williams in the third round of the tournament here on Tuesday.

Latvian Sevastova beat German Julia Goerges in straight sets 6-3 6-3.

That triggered ugly scenes, as their father Richard said he was racially abused by fans when Serena then played - and won - the final against Kim Clijsters.

It brought closure to the once testy relationship between Indian Wells and the sisters who hail from the Los Angeles suburb of Compton.

Venus closed out the 29th career meeting between the two on her second match point as Serena sailed a forehand long to end the third round match.

Asked about the incident finally being put to rest, Venus said, "It never crossed my mind".

No one would dispute that.

The next afternoon, Venus Williams lost her first two service games to Sevastova. In the second set, she got out to a 5-2 lead and was serving for the win. Venus did her usual victory pirouette, but still didn't smile.

The sisters - as ever - exchanged a hug at the net.

Serena was already pregnant with daughter Alexis Olympia, who was born on 1 September, when she beat Venus 6-4 6-4 in Melbourne at the start of 2017.

Serena Williams and Venus Williams
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You know, it wasn't very easy, obviously.

"The ball bounces really high and it goes extremely slow".

I haven't played in over a year; it's definitely not less disappointing.

"I just have a long way to go", said Serena, who still leads their career series 17-12. "She kept roaring back, I'm just lucky that I've played more matches than her right now". I have a lot to improve on.

"I actually was explosive out there today and I felt good", he said.

My room for improvement is incredible. I just want to continue to go forwards. I think everything pretty solid (in her game). It is the earliest they have faced each other since their first encounter at the Australian Open in 1998.

Venus thus wasn't dwelling on her win Monday.

"It was good to play and try to get in the rhythm and get into the swing again". "I'm playing a completely different player, new challenges".

"I can't really replicate the situation no matter how much I do in practice".

It is for Serena but she is sure to find herself in familiar surroundings - the latter stages of tournaments - soon enough.

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