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After loss to Venus, it's time to temper our expectations for Serena

14 March, 2018, 06:20 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
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Venus Williams won 6-3, 6-4 against little sister Serena in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open on Monday night.

After 14 months away from professional tennis, Serena Williams, now a mother, is healthy and hitting hard, but not enough to beat her sister Venus.

The day after her first-round match, Mouratoglou said Serena was very sore, which was no surprise considering she hadn't played a match in more than a year. "She just did everything great".

I think just I have played more matches in the a year ago. It's definitely not less disappointing. But then I wouldn't be who I am. Also, this matchup was the first where Venus was the higher-ranked player since the sisters met at Bangalore in March 2008.

"I'm just lucky that I've played more matches than her right now", Venus said.

The recovering Serena expressed disappointment over the result despite just gradually making a return to the court.

Had Serena played the previous year, perhaps the outcome would've been different.

Williams is reportedly all set to launch her own cosmetics line under the name Aneres, which is basically "Serena" spelled backwards.

"But I call this a trial run, you know".

Venus seemed to be cruising to victory in the second set after getting a 3-0 lead early on, but Serena, who was playing her first official tournament since giving birth in September 2017, fought back to take the score to 4-5.

In the women's singles, Venus closed out the 29th career meeting between the Williams sisters on her second match point as Serena sailed a forehand long to end the third-round showdown.

No. 4 seed Elina Svitolina was the biggest upset victim Monday, losing 7-5, 6-3 to 27th-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro, while No. 12 Julia Goerges also fell 6-3, 6-3 to No. 21 Anastasija Sevastova.

Serena Williams returned to tennis this past weekend at the WTA Tour in Indian Wells, California, beating competitor Zarina Diyas. Serena's shot went wide to set up her sister's first match point. "I'm playing a completely different player, new challenges. My room for improvement is incredible", Serena said.

"I think she's going to be speeding back to the seedings and to winning tournaments sooner than later", Venus said.

"Each tournament, my goal is just to be better than the last", Williams said.

Serena concurred: "I haven't played in over a year..."



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