Venus Williams moves into third round at BNP Paribas Open
13 March, 2018, 07:00
The tennis ace gave birth to her first child on September 1 previous year and this is her first professional tennis tournament post Australian Open 2017, in which she had clinched the title.
And when Venus, accompanied by her father Richard, took her seat to watch her sister play Kim Clijsters in the final two days later, the atmosphere turned sour.
But the former world number one was upstaged by a red-hot Venus in straight sets as the seven-time major victor reached the fourth round by beating Serena for the first time since 2014, despite a late wobble which saw her save a break point before moving through.
Serena Williams said on Saturday she "literally didn't even think about" the canceled 2001 match.
"It's a huge difference to play her in the semi-finals or even the quarter-finals or a final as opposed to the third round".
INDIAN WELLS-It wasn't magnificent tennis, by any stretch. "Maybe I'll write everything down and rank them so that I know what to work on first going into Miami". She marked the occasion with a gold-toned "S" Serena pin that was available to fans who came to see her play. When she entered the court, she was given a loud ovation from the packed arena, with many in the stadium standing and applauding her third appearance in IndianWells in the last 17 years. But I keep going and I know that I might not be at my best yet but I'm getting there. "Seventeen years seems like forever ago".
Venus is enjoying a resurgence on the Tour after a string of injuries limited her playing time for several seasons.
However, despite stumbling as Venus double-faulted twice and wasted a match point at 5-2 while facing a break point at 5-4, the 37-year-old still managed to close it out against the rallying Serena.
"I still have a lot to give". "Great way to come back".
Venus had a bye in the first round and reached the round of 32 by beating Sorana Cirstea in straight sets. These three matches made me understand what I need to work on.
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