Serena, Venus to meet in Indian Wells

Arnold Nichols
March 13, 2018

I have always been a sore loser, but she's been really wonderful. There have been so many days, even still, that I'm like "how am I going to keep going"?

Venus closed out the 29th career meeting between the two on her second match point as Serena sailed a forehand long to end the third round match.

"I think Indian Wells disgraced America", said Richard Williams. As she heads to Miami, she'll leave with a couple wins under her belt, having beaten Zarina Diyas in the first round and Kiki Bertens in the second round, both in competitive straight set matches.

But the former world number one was upstaged by a red-hot Venus in straight sets as the seven-time major victor reached the fourth round by beating Serena for the first time since 2014, despite a late wobble which saw her save a break point before moving through.

"That's, you know, totally gone out of my mind", Serena said Saturday.

Serena's first full tournament back from a complicated and risky pregnancy came to an end on Monday night, as she lost 6-3, 6-4 to her sister Venus in the third round of Indian Wells. "I just want to do the best that I can". "Seventeen years seems like forever ago".

"This is the earliest the sisters will be playing in a tournament since the 1998 Australian Open, when they met in the second round".

"She looked like she never lost a step", Venus said of her younger sister.

They have now played each other 28 times on the WTA Tour, most recently at the 2017 Australian Open where Serena came out on top.

"She's playing really well and just honing her game".

She takes a career head-to-head record over Venus of 17-11 into their third-round clash. She marked the occasion with a gold-toned "S" Serena pin that was available to fans who came to see her play.

This is the first time the siblings will play each other at the BNP Paribas Open.

"I am not going to be too down about it". "When she's missing, it's not by much".

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