American tennis ace Serena Williams' return after a 15-month pregnancy layoff suffered a major blow as she knocked out of the Indian Wells Masters after going down against elder sister Venus Williams in the third round of the tournament here on Tuesday. But Venus finally put a lid on the night two games later after one and three-quarter hours. Wozniacki blew a 3-0 lead in the first set and was on the run most of the match before losing for the second time this year to the 20-year-old Russian. She has won four of the past five matches she's played against Suarez Navarro, including in the round of 16 at last year's US Open. I want them both to win.
There was a slight hiccup as Venus was broken while serving for victory, with Serena saving a match point to stay alive. Serena gave birth to Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.in September of that year, and Indian Wells marked her return to competitive play.
Venus was in control of the match, despite some unforced errors and several double faults, throughout.
But Venus, 37, did have a think of what made the difference between the sisters on court in the third round, their earliest tournament battle since meeting in the second round at the 1998 Australian Open because Serena is now unranked.
It was Venus' first victory over record 23-time grand slam victor Serena in their last four meetings but Serena still leads their head-to-heads 17-12.
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After a disappointing French Open, they met in the final of Wimbledon, with Serena as number one seed and Venus as number four. It was the first time Venus has beaten Serena since 2014 in Montreal. She also added, ' I mean, just missing shots that I never miss, and so close. "I wish it were, but it's not". You know, it's good that I don't have to say that this is the best tennis I have ever played and I lost. Then I wouldn't be who I am.
"I have a lot to improve on", she said.
My room for improvement is incredible. I don't know how long Serena (and Venus, for that matter) has left at the top, but I wouldn't bet against her getting back on track. So I have just got to keep saying each tournament my goal is just to be better than the last. "I just want to keep winning", del Potro said.
Meanwhile, Venus Williams survived a hard fourth round test to beat Latvia's Sevastova 7-6 (8/6), 6-4 just one day after beating sister Serena in a third round contest. She was the 2017 Australian Open champion, beating Venus in the final while eight weeks pregnant. "[Today was] completely different, a completely different resolution to solving the problems and the rallies on the court".
Her inner drive was on display as she had to dig deep and fight fatigue on a few occasions. I think this will change a little bit in the future, but for sure the game is good and not really any weakness.