Venus Williams Beats Serena, First Win Against Sibling Since 2014
A very confident Venus Williams on Monday (March 13) defeated younger sister Serena 6-3, 6-4 in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open. This is Venus’ first win against her sibling since 2014.
The Indian Wells match was 17 years in the making, reports ESPN. They were first supposed to play each other in 2001, but shortly before the match, Venus withdrew due to an injury. Both Venus and Serena were booed at because of this. After this, the sisters boycotted Indian Wells for 14 years. Serena returned to the tournament in 2015 and Venus the next year.
36-year-old Serena was unseeded and Venus, 37, is seeded eighth in this tournament
This game reminded us of a 17-year-old Venus beating 16-year-old Serena in the second round of the 1998 Australian Open. Then again Venus had beaten Serena in 2009. Serena is still coping up with the courtyard as she has just returned after becoming a mother. They played the recent game for the first time since last year’s Australian Open final, when a pregnant Serena won her 23rd Grand Slam title.
“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,” The Guardian reported.
American tennis ace Serena Williams was back on the WTA Tour for the first time since gave birth to a baby girl in September last year. Daughter Alexis Jr and husband Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian sat courtside.
Serena, now ranked 22 in the world, is eyeing one more Grand Slam title to equal Margaret Court’s all-time record. She is now the most decorated female Laureus Award winner with five Laureus statuettes as well. Serena is the second on the list of most major wins with 23 singles titles — the most recent of which came at the 2017 Australian Open when she was pregnant.
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