Venus Williams beats sister Serena in Indian Wells

Venus Williams beats sister Serena in Indian Wells

Venus broke first again in the second and just like the first set, was 5-3 up again but Serena held her nerve to take the set to the tiebreak.

So much has changed since 2001, and not just the outfits and the hairstyles.

It was a disappointing exit for Wozniacki, who finally silenced her critics earlier this year with her maiden Grand Slam title in Melbourne, where she defeated Halep in the final. Venus served big when she needed to, although it was a struggle to close out the tie.

"I didn't really feel comfortable out there today (and) didn't really get my game going the way I wanted to", the Danish victor said. "I think just I have played more matches in the previous year".

This was the 29th meeting in a sibling rivalry that Serena still leads 17-12.

"But my body, I was born like that, I think I have my father's body, Spartan body", she says with a smile.

"I definitely know her well", Serena said of her sister.

Typically, the sisters wouldn't meet until the later rounds of a tournament.

But she's a lot further along than anyone who saw her play Fed Cup doubles a month ago could have anticipated. This led to their boycott of the tournament for more than a decade. She was the 2017 Australian Open champion, beating Venus in the final while eight weeks pregnant.

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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.

Williams, the eighth seed, edged Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova, the 21st seed, 7-6 (6), 6-4 in a fourth-round match.

This is the earliest the pair will meet in a tournament since their 2nd round match in the 1998 Australian Open.

Sevastova has concluded the tournament with 120 WTA ranking points.

But for now, the rule stands and Serena, who will have an official ranking next Monday, will continue to be the most risky unseeded player in women's tennis.

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. "Yeah, so I just have a long way to go, and I'm looking forward to the journey". It was one of Serena's 41 unforced errors, including 17 on the forehand side. She finished with 41, compared to Venus' 19, and failed to serve her best.

Anisimova, a 16-year-old wild card, won her first three Women's Tennis Association Tour matches at Indian Wells, beating Pauline Parmentier, No. 23 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and two-time Wimbledon victor Petra Kvitova without dropping a set.

In the men's draw, world No. 1 Roger Federer stepped up his bid for a record sixth Indian Wells title with a 6-2, 6-1 demolition of Filip Krajinovic on Monday.

From the first minute, the match was intense, as both players showed pace and precision as they hit the ball.

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