Indian Wells: Williams Sisters Clash At Third Round

Sheri Evans
March 13, 2018

Serena was notably featuring in her first competitive event since her Australian Open win and pregnancy that followed, but along with her sister, has had to deal with health issues and injuries in the past.

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Venus hadn't beaten Serena since the summer of 2014 in Canada, but she had to be considered the favorite in this one given the rustiness of her younger sister's game.

"It never crossed my mind, " Venus said.

Serena, who lifted her 23rd Grand Slam title in Melbourne previous year, was then already pregnant with daughter Alexis Olympia, who was born in September.

She will now take on No. 21-seeded Anastasija Sevastova in her next match with a spot in the quarterfinals on the line.

The tennis ace gave birth to her first child on September 1 a year ago and this is her first professional tennis tournament post Australian Open 2017, in which she had clinched the title.

Ellie Sullivan, 10, of Dallas, left, and her mother, Andrea Sullivan, hold up signs for Serena and Venus Williams during a break as the sisters face one another in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif., Monday, March 12, 2018. The new mom is now unranked and has an uphill battle to regain the number one spot she held before she got pregnant. Hopefully she decides to play a lot and enjoy herself in the process and get back to who knows how high?

Venus broke Serena at love in the sixth game for a 4-2 lead in the first set.

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Serena will now focus on the Miami Open after an encouraging few days at Indian Wells. They showed her daughter's face and called Serena the G.M.O.A.T. I mean, it's an incredible fascinating story, like you said.

In the 28 matches played, Serena has won 17 times compared to Venus' 11 victories.

That Serena v. Venus match was really fun to watch...

"Being older again than Serena, myself, it's wonderful to see and I'm very happy for them, especially now watching Serena's comeback since the baby". I never lost a match sitting down. I can really learn from her.

After her 6-3 6-4 defeat, Serena sent out a warning that her scope for improvement is massive and she will be targeting an improvement at her next tournament.

Venus too good today for Serena, who hit too many UE.

The Indian Wells match was 17 years in the making.

You know, we can always stay in the tournament longer if, you know, the both of us are in the tournament.

There was booing and jeering, and some of Serena's unforced errors where cheered as she claimed the title in three sets.

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