Venus Williams beats sister Serena advance 4th round in Indian Wells
Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams produced a vintage performance to defeat her sister Serena who has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, beginning in 1999 with the U.S. Open title, 6-3, 6-4 and advance to the pre-quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells on Monday.
Serena, who was playing just her third match in 14-months after coming back from maternity leave, was beaten by Venus for the first time since August 2014, when Venus had defeated her in the Rogers Cup in Canada and the first meeting between the two sisters since they clashed in the final of the 2017 Australian Open, which Serena won before taking break due to pregnancy.
There was visible tension in the atmosphere at the start of the contest as the initial two games alone took about 14 minutes. However, Venus succeeded taking the lead 4-2 before clinching the opening set with successive aces
Though Serena achieved her first break of the set in game No. 4, Venus proved too strong in the end as she closed out the match with back-to-back service winners to seal the deal in 85 minutes. The 10th seeded will face either Anastasija Sevastova or 12th seeded Julia Georges.
“There’s a silver lining always for me. I have to look forward to the next match and the next time. It wasn’t very easy, obviously, It was good to play and try to get in the rhythm and get into the swing again. I can’t really replicate the situation no matter how much I do in practice.
“I make those shots 10 times out of 10 in practice. It’s just the nerves, the anticipation you feel naturally. It’s a little bit of everything that comes in a match that just doesn’t normally happen.” Said Serena after the match.
“She played so well, I think it’s such a treat for everyone to see this match so early in her comeback. I always know that it’s never over until it’s over. She kept roaring back. I’m just lucky that I’ve played more matches than her right now,” said Venus after her victory.
“Her level was super high. It was really difficult to close out the match. She’s going to be winning tournaments sooner than later”
“I’m from right down the street, in Compton, California. This just shows that wherever you come from, if you put in the work and you believe in yourself, you can do anything.”
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