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Sport Venus beats Serena 6-3, 6-4 in third round at Indian Wells

06:51  13 march  2018
06:51  13 march  2018 Source:   ap.org

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INDIAN WELLS , Calif. (AP) — Venus Williams defeated younger sister Serena 6 - 3 , 6 - 4 in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open on Monday night, her first win in the sibling rivalry since 2014. It was the sisters' earliest meeting since a 17-year-old Venus beat

The first tournament run of Serena Williams’s comeback ended at the hands of a familiar opponent—her sister, Venus Williams, who defeated her 6 - 3 , 6 - 4 tonight in the third round at Indian Wells . This was the first time that Venus beat Serena since 2014

Venus Williams returns a shot to opponent and sister Serena Williams during the third round of the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif., Monday, March 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Crystal Chatham)© The Associated Press Venus Williams returns a shot to opponent and sister Serena Williams during the third round of the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif., Monday, March 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Crystal Chatham)

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Venus Williams defeated younger sister Serena 6-3, 6-4 in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open on Monday night, her first win in the sibling rivalry since 2014.

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It was the sisters' earliest meeting since a 17-year-old Venus beat 16-year-old Serena in the second round of the 1998 Australian Open. They played Monday night for the first time since last year's Australian Open final, when a pregnant Serena won her 23rd Grand Slam title.

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INDIAN WELLS , Calif. / March 12, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Venus Williams defeated younger sister Serena 6 - 3 , 6 - 4 in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open on Monday night, her first win in the sibling rivalry since 2014. It was the sisters’ earliest meeting since a 17-year-old Venus beat

Venus wins 6 - 3 , 6 - 4 over Serena in Indian Wells third round . Not since 2008 had Venus beaten Serena in straight sets. Thanks as always for following along with us and be sure to check out the match report. Venus Williams upstages Serena in third - round blockbuster at Indian Wells .

Venus closed out the 1 ½-hour match on her second match point when Serena's forehand service return sailed long. It was one of Serena's 41 unforced errors, including 17 on the forehand side.

Serena still owns a 17-12 advantage overall, although Venus evened their WTA Tour head-to-head meetings at 7-7.

"I really abhor every time we play, but I do enjoy the battle when I'm out there," Serena said last weekend. "It's just afterwards I don't like it as much."

It was obvious at the net when they greeted each other with a one-arm hug and neither smiled. Venus did her usual victory pirouette, but still didn't smile.

A stone-faced Serena exited the court to cheers, pointing her right index finger in the air.

Serena was back on the WTA Tour for the first time since ending a 14-month absence during which she gave birth to daughter Alexis Jr. and married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, who sat courtside.

Serena Williams wins 1st match in comeback at Indian Wells

  Serena Williams wins 1st match in comeback at Indian Wells Serena Williams has won her first match in her comeback at the BNP Paribas Open after a 14-month layoff for the birth of her first child. The 23-time major winner beat Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan 7-5, 6-3 in the first round Thursday night."It was incredible," Williams said on court after the 1 ½-hour match. "It's been over a year and a kid later and I get to go home to her now, and I'm excited about that."With new husband and Reddit co-found Alexis Ohanian looking on, Williams played from behind until breaking Diyas in the 11th game of the first set.

Story highlights Venus beats Serena 6 - 3 6 - 4 in third round Serena struggled on serve and committed 31 unforced errors It was also their first duel at Indian Wells , 17 years after Venus pulled out of their semifinal with

Venus Williams defeated sister Serena 6 - 3 , 6 - 4 in the third round for her first win over her younger sibling since 2014. Serena was booed throughout the final before she beat Clijsters in three sets for her second title in the desert. After that, the sisters boycotted Indian Wells for 14 years.

Typically, the sisters wouldn't meet until the later rounds of a tournament. But 36-year-old Serena was unseeded in this event. Venus, 37, is seeded eighth.

Serena won her first two matches, while Venus received a first-round bye and won her opening match.

The Indian Wells match was 17 years in the making.

The sisters were supposed to play each other in the desert in 2001. A packed stadium awaited their semifinal but shortly before the match was to begin Venus withdrew with a right knee injury.

Serena went on to play Kim Clijsters in the final. Venus and her father Richard were greeted with boos as they made their way to their seats, with some fans believing Richard had been behind Venus' withdrawal.

Richard Williams said he heard racial slurs from the crowd and he paused to shake his fist at them. Serena was booed throughout the final before she beat Clijsters in three sets for her second title in the desert.

Federer cruises past Krajinovic at Indian Wells

  Federer cruises past Krajinovic at Indian Wells World number one Roger Federer needed less than an hour to dispatch Filip Krajinovic at the BNP Paribas Open in California on Monday, mixing overpowering serves and pinpoint groundstrokes to advance to the fourth round of the tournament. Playing for a third consecutive day due to weather delays in Indian Wells, the 36-year-old Swiss showed no sign of wear en route to a 6-2 6-1 thrashing of the Serbian in the pair's first ever meeting.

Serena Williams will play sister Venus in the third round at Indian Wells as she continues her comeback after the birth of her child. Venus beat Sorona Cirstea of Romania in her second-round match 6 - 3 6 - 4 .

Venus Williams defeated younger sister Serena 6 - 3 , 6 - 4 in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open on Monday night, her first win in Serena was booed throughout the final before she beat Clijsters in three sets for her second title in the desert. After that, the sisters boycotted Indian Wells for 14 years.

After that, the sisters boycotted Indian Wells for 14 years. Serena came back in 2015 only to withdraw with a knee injury before her semifinal, and Venus followed the next year.

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

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