Second seed Wozniacki advances at Indian Wells

Second seed Wozniacki advances at Indian Wells

Serena's first full tournament back from a complicated and unsafe 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.

However, Venus proved too superior for Serena in the match as the former clinched a comfortable 6-3, 6-4 win over the new-mom in the last-32 clash that lasted one and a half hours. There have been so many days, even still, that I'm like "how am I going to keep going"? The tennis ace gave birth to her first child on September 1 past year and this is her first professional tennis tournament post Australian Open 2017, in which she had clinched the title. Venus had dominated the first set and broke Serena's serve and set the tone of the match, keeping intact a noticeable trend in matches they have played against each other. They were supposed to meet in a semifinal in 2001, but Venus pulled out due to a knee injury.

That levelled the score at 30-30 and Wozniacki won two out of the next three points she needed to take the third set and the match in the $16 million joint WTA/ATP hardcourt tournament.

Venus Williams was facing her sister Serena for a 29th time
Venus Williams was facing her sister Serena for a 29th time

When Serena is missing some of those shots, she says she isn't being as harsh on herself as in the past with her daughter in mind. "The undercurrent of racism was painful, confusing and unfair", she wrote. "In a game I loved with all my heart, at one of my most cherished tournaments, I suddenly felt unwelcome, alone and afraid".

Serena, who lifted her 23rd Grand Slam title in Melbourne previous year, was then already pregnant with daughter Alexis Olympia, who was born in September.

"I always know that it's never over until it's over", she said."She kept roaring back, I'm just lucky that I've played more matches than her right now".

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"Who would have ever thought at 37 years old that you wold be back at the top of the mountain and playing this kind of tennis, what does the journey feel like to you?" the interviewer Krasny asked her after the match "Well Andrew I never go around talking about how old you are" she joked in reply.

Venus's victory also comes 17 years after an ugly booing incident led to a 14-year boycott of the tournament by the sisters.

Both sisters have been greeted warmly by fans each time they've played here since that turbulent time.

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Serena and Venus Williams won't be meeting in a grand slam Monday and their match won't be a final, either.

Wozniacki overturned a 4-1 deficit in the opening set as she reeled off five successive games to take the lead.

We'll get our next look at how Serena's progressing in her next tournament, 2018's WTA Miami which begins on March 19. Having to play each other in the third round, one of us is going to be gone.

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

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