Venus Williams beat sister Serena 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 27 minutes on Tuesday to reach the round of 16 in the Indian Wells tennis tournament, where she will now play against Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova. The elder Williams sister reached the pre-quarterfinals after clocking her 12th win in the 29th match with her sister, although this was her first victory over Serena since 2014.
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.
Among the Williams sisters, the one who had won the first set was the one who had won 24 out of the 28 matches between them.
Serena was a mere shadow of her past self and managed to win just 54 percent of her first serve points in the first set.
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.
However, Venus held on to her advantage and beat her sister in two straight sets for the first time since the 2008 Wimbledon final.
Second seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark also earned hard-fought win against Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus in three sets to reach the pre-quarterfinals of the Indian Wells tennis tournament.
World No. 2 Wozniacki defeated Sasnovich — 49th in WTA rankings 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 in two hours and 17 minutes on Monday.
This is the second time the two have faced-off after Wozniacki had defeated Sasnovich in straight sets in the 2014 US Open.
The 27-year-old Dane, who beat Spain’s Lara Arruabarrena in the second round, will now face Russia’s Daria Kasatkina (20), who defeated Sloane Stephens of the United States in straight sets.
– With inputs from IANS