Indian Wells : Venus Williams stops sister Serena in come back

WTA INDIAN WELLS- Venus Halep and Pliskova march to the quarters

WTA INDIAN WELLS- Venus Halep and Pliskova march to the quarters 14 Mar 2018  View 410 by Alessandro Mastroluca

Venus Williams (L) and her sister Serena Williams (R) after the match.

It was good to play that and try to get into the rhythm and get into the swing again, ' said Serena.

American tennis ace Serena Williams' return after a 15-month pregnancy layoff suffered a major blow as she knocked out of the Indian Wells Masters after going down against elder sister Venus Williams in the third round of the tournament here on Tuesday. "We weren't sure if they're going to play as long as we hoped them to play", he said. Serena came back in 2015 only to withdraw with a knee injury before her semifinal, and Venus followed the next year.

"You know, I'm just lucky I played more matches than her right now".

"So, I just have a long way to go, and I'm looking forward to the journey".

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Venus broke Serena at love in the sixth game for a 4-2 lead in the first set. In the second set, she got out to a 5-2 lead and was serving for the win.

Halep's quarterfinal foe will be Croatia's Petra Martic, who beat the Czech Republic's Marketa Vondrousova 6-3, 7-6 (4).

Serena won her first two matches, while Venus received a first-round bye and won her opening match.

This was the first singles tournament of her comeback, and she arrived with no official ranking or seeding, resulting in this third-round clash with the eighth-seeded Venus.

Wozniacki hit two aces and won 64 percent of her first-serve points in the two hour, 17 minute match.

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She skipped the rest of last season, giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia on Sept 1 and marrying Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in November before resuming training.

You know, it wasn't very easy, obviously. "My room for improvement is incredible", added Serena.

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. I have a lot to improve on. So I have just got to keep saying each tournament my goal is just to be better than the last, and I don't - definitely don't want to go backwards.

In her first match back, Serena beat Zarina Diyas, the 53rd-ranked player in the world.

Asked if playing Monday brought closure to what happened in 2001, seven-time grand slam champion Venus replied: "It never crossed my mind".

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