Indian Wells: Venus Williams makes Serena Williams comeback claim

Indian Wells: Venus Williams makes Serena Williams comeback claim

Indian Wells: Venus Williams makes Serena Williams comeback claim

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.

The seven-time Grand Slam champion won her opening match on Saturday held at Indian Wells, California, in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4, and now faces the victor between her younger sister Serena Williams, 36, and No. 29 seed Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands in the next round, reports Xinhua news agency.

Venus closed out the 29th career meeting between the two on her second match point as Serena sailed a forehand long to end the third-round showdown.

It was Venus' seventh appearance in the California desert, and third since 2001, after an absence of 15 years.

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

She joined American upset winners Sachia Vickery, who beat No. 3 seed Garbine Muguruza; 16-year-old wild card Amanda Anisimova, who beat No. 23 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova; and wild-card teenager Caroline Dolehide, a three-set victor over No. 30 Dominika Cibulkova on Friday.

While she had numerous unforced errors and eight double faults, the No. 8 seed did enough to advance.

She admitted to feeling rusty in her first two rounds against Zarina Diyas and Kiki Bertens but a wary Venus countered: "She's playing really well and just honing her game".

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But Serena says she did not watch a single point on the grounds she gets too nervous.

Venus' last defeat of her younger sister was at the Canadian Open in 2014, where she prevailed in a three-set semi-final.

Serena subsequently stayed away from Indian Wells until 2015, while Venus didn't return until one year later.

"That's, you know, totally gone out of my mind", she said.

Serena still owns a 17-12 advantage overall, although Venus evened their WTA Tour head-to-head meetings at 7-7. "That's also why you see a lot of upsets", she said. She emphatically closed out the 36-minute set with back-to-back aces that clocked 108 miles per hour and 120 miles per hour.

"I can't really replicate the situation no matter how much I do in practice".

Despite the loss Serena still leads their career series 17-12. But right now, I want tennis as well.

Next up for the 27-year-old Dane, who needs to win the tournament and hope that top seed Simona Halep fails to reach the final, is Daria Kasatkina after the Russian defeated US Open champion Sloane Stephens 6-4 6-3.

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