Venus raced to a 3-0 lead in the second set after breaking her sister twice and had a match point at 5-3 which Serena saved, before Venus saved a break point of her own at 5-4 and went on to take the match.
While she showed plenty of flashes of her strong play that should scare the rest of the field going forward, Venus was the better player in this one.
"That's, you know, totally gone out of my mind". I don't think I have a favorite match.
Headliners in the men's field include defending Miami Open champion Roger Federer, who won his 20th major title at this year's Australian Open; six-time Miami Open champion Novak Djokovic; Australian Open finalist Marin Cilic; and former U.S. Open Champion and crowd favorite Juan Martin del Potro. "It's another quite big match for me, and I will go out there, try to play like I played the last weeks and try to enjoy the next match".
After her 6-3 6-4 defeat, Serena sent out a warning that her scope for improvement is massive and she will be targeting an improvement at her next tournament.
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"I'm just lucky that I've played more matches than her right now, otherwise, yeah", Venus said.
Serena Williams hugs Venus Williams after her loss to her sister during Day 8 of BNP Paribas Open on March 12, 2018, in Indian Wells, California. First of all, 17 years ago seems like forever ago.
Venus has only beaten Serena once since 2009, but the younger sister has just returned after becoming a mother. You know, you're out there, and I can't really replicate the situation no matter how much I do in practice, or (if) I make those shots 10 out of 10 times in practice. It will be their earliest match-up at a top-tier tournament since their first encounter, Venus downing Serena at the 1998 Australian Open in the second round.
"She's had such a good year last year and playing fantastic tennis", Serena said of her sister. I have always been a sore loser, but she's been really wonderful.
"It wasn't very easy, obviously", she said.
"I managed to get my feet going more, and managed to start playing more steady, and that paid off". It's the first time Venus has beat Serena in straight sets since 2008 and first victory over her sis since 2014! Serena came back in 2015 only to withdraw with a knee injury before her semifinal, and Venus followed the next year.