Venus ousts Serena Williams in Indian Wells

Venus ousts Serena Williams in Indian Wells

Venus ousts Serena Williams in Indian Wells

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.

The Williams sisters remain the face of women's tennis with Serena recently coming back just six months after giving birth.

Federer improved to 65-5 since returning from a left knee injury a year ago with his third-round victory in a rare day match.

No one would dispute that.

The former world number one had her serve broken four times as she lost 6-3 6-4 in California.

Logic dictated that Venus, who had a superb 2017 and a lot more match play in her tennis bones, would have a relatively easy time of it.

"She put very high pressure on Serena from the start, playing fast and aggressive and with a lot of success", Mouratoglou said.

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

Serena had made 17 errors in that first set, as she determined to step in for quick winners-too often missing her target-and long rallies continued to be thin on the ground in the second set.

Venus, speaking after the match, said it was hard for her to close the match as Serena's level was super high.

"It definitely feels like a big deal because I have never gone this far in a tournament", Collins said. I wish it were, but it's not. Then I wouldn't be who I am. I don't want to go backwards'. "It was good to play and try to get in the rhythm and get into the swing again", Serena said after the match. My room for improvement is incredible.

"Each tournament, my goal is just to be better than the last", Williams said.

Venus still has to go forward in in Indian Wells, whereas many of their previous tussles have taken place in finals and thus would have seen the victor hoist the trophy. Finally, though, they buried the hatchet, Serena returning in 2015, Venus in 2016, and this year, they would at last play each other on centre court, and with still more history behind them.

"In a way, it's normal she did not win tonight", her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, told

However, Venus came out on top in Indian Wells for her 12th victory over Serena in 29 meetings, setting up a last-16 clash with Anastasija Sevastova by cruising to a 6-3 6-4 win over her sibling. Even with the baby, like, a trial run of traveling with the baby and all of this is just so new to me.

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

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