Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Venus Hands Serena Straight-Set Defeat at Indian Wells

Venus Hands Serena Straight-Set Defeat at Indian Wells

Indian Wells: Venus Williams beat sister Serena 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 27 minutes on Tuesday to reach the round of 16 in the Indian Wells tennis tournament, where she will now play against Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova.

Venus was leading 5-2 when she wasted a match point and the 37-year-old needed to fend off a break point in the 10th game before closing it out.

She missed a handful of basic shots in the first set and couldn't get her serve going the way she typically did in the past.

In earlier matches, Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki kept alive her hopes of regaining the World No.1 ranking with a scrappy 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 third round win over Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

Venus' forehand was long and she double-faulted away the game to make it 5-3. "I was trying to tell her to calm down and play rallies, but I don't think she could do it tonight".

I think just I have played more matches in the past year.

Venus thus wasn't dwelling on her win Monday.

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Serena Williams was knocked out of the Indian Wells by her elder sister, Venus on Monday, March 12. But from then on Venus made fewer mistakes and took a commanding lead. "I really already was resetting, because the tournament is far from over".

Federer, who experienced a career resurgence last year after a long injury lay-off, is happy to see them still thriving and believes Serena can emulate him by having her comeback from pregnancy be the story of the year. They sat with their backs to each other, with Serena on the back of the cart with Beats headphones over her ears.

For a moment, the best women's player in the history of tennis displayed rare vulnerability.

Serena won only half of her service points overall - it is much, much higher when her serve and game are working, even against Venus - and committed 31 unforced errors to go along with 22 winners.

"I'm getting there", she said.

And it's the first time it would have happened since 2002 Wimbledon, when Venus was No. 1 and Serena was No. 2. "I definitely don't want to go backward". Even with the baby, like, a trial run of traveling with the baby and all of this is just so new to me.

What's interesting about the name Serena has chose is that the Olympic gold victor had chosen the same brand name in the past for her own clothing line, the plans for which seem deferred for now.

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