Playing against one another for the 29th time in their storied careers, Venus and Serena Williams squared off in the BNP Paribas Open third round on Monday night.
It was older sister Venus who would come out victorious, defeating her younger sister for the 12th time with a 6-3, 6-4 win in the Indian Wells desert.
“Her level is super high and it was very difficult to close out the match, just getting one ball back,” said Venus. “I think I just have played more matches in the last year. Even though I haven’t even played that much this year, the matches in the last year count.”
Venus grabbed the opening set’s lone break point to build a 4-2 lead, and would go on to serve out the set. The second set saw many breaks of serve as neither player could find their footing on serve. But in the end, too many unforced errors from Serena would prove to be the difference, and Venus sealed the victory after a Serena forehand sailed past the baseline.
“I haven’t played in over a year,” said Serena. “[Losing]’s definitely not less disappointing. I wish it were, but it’s not. But then again, I wish it wasn’t. Then I wouldn’t be who I am.
So I just have a long way to go, and I’m looking forward to the journey.”
In the Round of 16, Venus will play Anastasija Sevastova. The Latvian ousted Julia Goerges on Monday.
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