Venus Ousts Sister Serena Out of Comeback Tournament at Indian Wells

Williams sisters set to face off at BNP Paribas Open

Williams sisters set to face off at BNP Paribas Open

Returning after more than a year away from the game to have a baby, Serena put up a good fight, saving match point while trailing 2-5 in the second set, but her rustiness told in the end. "It was good to play that and try to get in the rhythm and get into the swing again".

Venus and Serena faced each other on Monday for the 29th time in the third round at Indian Wells with the former breaking a three-match losing run against her sister to emerge victorious in a 6-3, 6-4 win.

Prior to Monday's Indian Wells event, Venus and Serena's most recent contest against one another was last year's Australian Open final. "I really already was resetting, because the tournament is far from over".

There was a loud roar as Serena Williams walked onto the main stadium court at the BNP Paribas Open, wearing a bulky black jacket and black tights. "That's all I see".

But she recovered from those moments to display stretches of power and precision that left you thinking that she might be back to competitive form later this year.

Serena is still ahead on the head-to-head stats, leading 17-12 overall, although Venus evened their WTA Tour clashes at 7-7.

"I'm just lucky that I've played more matches than her right now", Venus said in a postmatch on-court interview. "At least they're in the margin", Serena said.

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"I'm getting there. It's not exactly where I want to be, but, I mean, I'll get there eventually", Serena said. Such was the case when they last squared off at the 2017 Australian Open, with Serena prevailing in the early stages of pregnancy.

Serena went on to play Kim Clijsters in the final.

"I think my forehand is bigger than ever", Venus said.

It is for Serena but she is sure to find herself in familiar surroundings - the latter stages of tournaments - soon enough.

The duo, who both sported Nike sneakers, also had a full circle moment at this week's tournament, as the sisters had boycotted Indian Wells for 14 years stemming from a controversial appearance in 2001. "My room for improvement is incredible", Serena said.

'So I have just got to keep saying at each tournament that my goal is just to be better than the last. "Yeah, so I just have a long way to go, and I'm looking forward to the journey".

Following the 14-month layoff, Serena is now unseeded while Venus is ranked eighth.

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