Venus Williams handed a straight-set defeated to her younger sister and 23 Grand Slam victor Serena in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open in California. It’s Venus’ first win over Serena in their last four showdowns, and their first meeting ever at Indian Wells. She served very consistently. “It’s just that she is out of touch… give her a couple of tournaments and she will be back at her best”.
I think just I have played more matches in the previous year. It’s definitely not less disappointing.
Venus’s victory also comes 17 years after an ugly booing incident led to a 14-year boycott of the tournament by the sisters.
‘I probably won’t play in the very beginning, in Monaco, ‘ said Federer, who last played there in 2016. In addition to getting back in the swing of things on the court, she’s got her hands full with a new beauty line. “In a game I loved with all my heart, at one of my most cherished tournaments, I suddenly felt unwelcome, alone and afraid”.
“I always know that its never over until its over”, she said.
But in contrast with the first set, the opening three games went to one player, Venus, 3-0, with two breaks. However, despite stumbling as Venus double-faulted twice and wasted a match point at 5-2 while facing a break point at 5-4, the 37-year-old still managed to close it out against the rallying Serena. She emphatically closed out the 36-minute set with back-to-back aces that clocked 108 miles per hour and 120 miles per hour.
Wozniacki outlasted Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 for her 31st career match win at Indian Wells, where she has played 12 straight years.
Earlier fourth seed Elina Svitolina fell to Carla Suarez Navarro 5-7, 3-6. “She was asking what she was doing wrong, and I was trying to tell her she was rushing too much”, Mouratoglou said. I make those shots 10 times out of 10 in practice.
“It never crossed my mind”, Venus said.
Unseeded American Danielle Collins continued her unlikely run with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Sofya Zhuk of Russian Federation.
“I think she’s going to be speeding back to the seedings and to winning tournaments sooner than later”, Venus said. My room for improvement is incredible. I don’t want to go backwards’.