Venus Subdues Serena in Indian Wells Match that Doesn't Disappoint; Tuesday Preview

Venus Subdues Serena in Indian Wells Match that Doesn't Disappoint; Tuesday Preview

Now 36 and 37 respectively, they have both been ranked No1-Serena only a year ago reaching a tally of 316 weeks at the top-and have accumulated 30 Major singles titles, 14 Major doubles titles, and four Olympic golds.

Venus broke Serena at love in the sixth game for a 4-2 lead in the first set. (They don't introduce the players as they walk on the famed Wimbledon Centre Court, a subtle distinction).

Serena and Venus Williams after their tournament at the Paribas open/ bbc.co.ukThe Williams sisters have once again clashed since after their last clash at the past year Australian Open (2017) with little sister Serena gaining victory over her big sister Venus.

Once there, they didn't look at each other. She wasn't alone in believing that Venus would need to counter that with a strong serve of her own to have a chance to win.

A stone-faced Serena exited the court to cheers, pointing her right index finger in the air.

Obviously that led to a few complaints from the fans on Twitter. They not only booed Venus and her father in their seats, but also booed Serena during her final match against Kim Clijsters though Williams still came out on top.

Venus may be 37, but she's still improving, a risky fact for her next opponent, Anastasija Sevastova. Serena is famed for some of her comebacks but Venus indeed held firm. Even with the baby, like, a trial run of traveling with the baby and all of this is just so new to me.

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They were playing first-strike tennis, both going for winners off serve and off return of serve.

The second set was more straightforward for Kerber, who will now play Caroline Garcia in the last 16 after the Frenchwoman eliminated Daria Gavrilova 7-5 6-4.

Venus blasted six aces but had eight double faults in the one hour 26 minutes main stadium match.

Typically, the sisters wouldn't meet until the later rounds of a tournament.

While big sister has always been gracious in defeat, and sometimes of late their matches had that air of inevitability, little sister Serena has never felt that way. Or for something a little more out there, their Flamiflower dress, featuring a tutu-style skirt, is now reduced to £32.90.

They played Monday night for the first time since last year's Australian Open final, when a pregnant Serena won her 23rd Grand Slam title. Her competitiveness is peerless.

"You know, it's good that I don't have to say that this is the best tennis I have ever played - and I lost. My room for improvement is incredible", added Serena. "So I have just got to keep saying each tournament my goal is just to be better than the last", Serena said. "But I learned she has to move better".

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