Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

New mother Serena Williams ousted by sister Venus

New mother Serena Williams ousted by sister Venus

It was victory for Venus Williams in her 29th match against sister Serena Williams in the BNP Paribas Open. So I know that there is a plethora of things that I want to improve on, but I'm going to start with the first few and rank them as - maybe I will write them all down and rank, see which ones are the most important and start with that.' In her post-match press conference, Venus Williams instead stressed it wasn't an easy match despite the straight-sets' score. It was the first meeting between the sisters since they clashed in the final of the 2017 Australian Open, which Serena won before taking a 15-month hiatus due to her pregnancy.

"[Serena's] level is super high and it was very hard to close out the match, just getting one ball back", Venus said.

"I definitely know her well, but she definitely played a little bit better than she normally does", Serena said.

You're out there, and I can't really replicate the situation no matter how much I do in practice, or I make those shots 10 times out of 10 in practice.

Venus advanced to the round of 16 where she will face Anastasija Sevastova.

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This is the earliest the pair will meet in a tournament since their 2nd round match in the 1998 Australian Open. They arrived outside the stadium together on a golf cart then walked through the tunnel with Serena entering the court first, as many in the crowd stood and cheered. "I don't want to go backwards".

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. It was also their first duel at Indian Wells, 17 years after Venus pulled out of their semifinal with a knee injury. Belgium's Clijsters appeared to be the fan favorite that day, despite the fact the siblings grew up close by in the Los Angeles suburb of Compton.

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

"I think she's going to be speeding back to the seedings and to winning tournaments sooner than later", Venus said. In the second set, she got out to a 5-2 lead and was serving for the win.

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