Venus Williams won 6-3, 6-4 against little sister Serena in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open on Monday night.
Venus, who has climbed to No. 8 in the world after enjoying a strong 2017, had six aces and broke Serena's service four times, prevailing in a long final game when her younger sister's groundstroke fell long. I think this is the best she's played in a while. She served very consistently.
Speaking after the match, Venus admitted that she was fortunate to beat her multiple grand slam winning sister as she is just making her recovery. It's good that I don't have to say that this is the best tennis I have ever played and I lost. "I wish it were, but it's not".
"I was playing aggressive and feeling like he was not loving my slice", said Federer, who owns the No. 1 ranking. 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.
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The rest, I said I will decide after Miami to then decide what I will play if I do play the clay court after that.' Federer also praised Venus and Serena Williams: 'Longevity and dominance.
Serena said she is still easing her way back into match fitness.
"I really abhor every time we play".
"This will be the 29th time the sisters have played each other in a Women's Tennis Association match and first since the final of last year's Australian Open, when Serena Williams was a 6-4, 6-4 victor".
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The elder Williams sister reached the pre-quarterfinals after clocking her 12th win in the 29th match with her sister, although this was her first victory over Serena since 2014, reports Efe. It is even possible that, all these years after that infamous 2001 tournament, the oldest woman in the draw could win her first Indian Wells title.
Venus may be 37, but she's still improving, a risky fact for her next opponent, Anastasija Sevastova.
The two exchanged another a pair of thrilling breaks, with Serena staving off match-point in the process, and then Venus faced a break point that would have levelled the set, 5-5. "I'm playing a completely different player, new challenges. My room for improvement is incredible", added Serena.
"So I have just got to keep saying at each tournament that my goal is just to be better than the last".
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It is for Serena but she is sure to find herself in familiar surroundings - the latter stages of tournaments - soon enough.