March 21, 2018

Serena Williams ousted from Indian Wells by sister Venus

13 March 2018, 10:49 | Marlene Fleming

Venus and Serena Williams at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament. Rex Shutterstock

Venus and Serena Williams at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament.					Rex Shutterstock

Serena will now focus on the Miami Open after an encouraging few days at Indian Wells.

In the 28 matches played, Serena has won 17 times compared to Venus' 11 victories.

But just as Venus looked in complete control, Serena broke back to reduce the deficit to keep her hopes alive. Serena went on to play Kim Clijsters in the final. When she entered the court, she was given a loud ovation from the packed arena, with many in the stadium standing and applauding her third appearance in Indian Wells in the last 17 years.

"I'm missing shots that I never miss", she said.

The Williams family believed their treatment was racially motivated.

The crowd's treatment led to a 14-year boycott by the sisters, which Serena finally ended in 2015.

Serena Williams set up a mouth-watering Indian Wells third round showdown against her sister Venus with a straight-sets victory over Kiki Bertens on Saturday. That's totally gone out of my mind.

Serena still owns a 17-12 advantage overall, although Venus evened their WTA Tour head-to-head meetings at 7-7.

Serena and Venus Williams play each other at the 2018 BNP Paribas Open tournament.		Rex Shutterstock
Serena and Venus Williams play each other at the 2018 BNP Paribas Open tournament. Rex Shutterstock

Serena also admitted that her first five months of motherhood has been "amazing", as she says that being a parent comes "naturally" to her.

"It was in juniors", said Serena. But she was really nice. "She just did everything great". I can really learn from her. My favorite match against her? These three matches made me understand what I need to work on. I definitely don't have a favorite match. But I call this a trial run, you know. "It's just afterwards I don't like it as much".

The 20-time Grand Slam champion said the sisters' story has been fascinating for him to follow from the very start.

The sisters were supposed to play each other in the desert in 2001.

Venus Williams, right, hugs opponent and sister Serena Williams after defeating Serena in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif., Monday, March 12, 2018.

Indian Wells: Venus Williams beat sister Serena 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 27 minutes on Tuesday to reach the round of 16 in the Indian Wells tennis tournament, where she will now play against Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova.

She fell behind 3-1 early in the second set but rallied by holding serve in the fifth game. There were moments literally when I'm in the hospital bed and I just think about that. "As long as I'm moving forward, even if it's at a turtle's pace, I'm OK with that". "So I think that's helping me out, too'".

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