Venus Williams ended sister Serena’s comeback at Indian Wells after proving too good for the returning 23-time grand slam champion, triumphing 6-three, 6-four.
The Williams sisters renewed their nice sibling rivalry on Monday – the pair going head-to-head for the twenty ninth time.
Serena boasted a superior 17-eleven document towards her older sister, having defeated Venus within the 2017 Australian Open last – her final aggressive outing earlier than spending time away from the WTA Tour circuit following the delivery of her daughter in September.
However the former world No. 1 was upstaged by a pink-scorching Venus in straight units because the seven-time main winner reached the fourth spherical by beating Serena for the primary time since 2014, regardless of a late wobble which noticed her save a break level earlier than shifting by way of.
.@Venuseswilliams emerges because the winner of #VenusSerena29!
The World No. eight defeats sister Serena Williams 6-three, 6-four to advance to the subsequent spherical of @BNPPARIBASOPEN! pic.twitter.com/ibVJOVLhn2
— WTA (@WTA) March thirteen, 2018
Heading into the match, Serena stated she was dreading the all-Williams matchup and you might perceive why early. The pair battled to carry serve to start out the match – the opening two providers video games each that includes break factors within the first-ever third-spherical assembly between the stat duo.
Making her comeback at Indian Wells, the place she lifted the trophy twice beforehand, Serena had seen off Zarina Diyas and Kiki Bertens.
However Venus was a unique proposition for Serena, who reduce a annoyed determine as was damaged within the sixth recreation – the 36-yr-previous missing the fluidity and accuracy to asset her authority. It was an unfamiliar state of affairs for Serena, with Venus responding to the whole lot thrown at her, together with a pair of break factors, which she saved.
Venus continued the place she left off within the second set, breaking within the opening recreation earlier than doing so once more for a commanding three-zero lead.
However simply as Venus appeared in full management, Serena broke again to scale back the deficit to maintain her hopes alive.
Nevertheless, regardless of stumbling as Venus double-faulted twice and wasted a match level at 5-2 whereas dealing with a break level at 5-four, the 37-yr-previous nonetheless managed to shut it out towards the rallying Serena.