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Venus Beats Sister Serena at Indian Wells Masters

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Venus Williams returns a shot to opponent and sister Serena Williams during the third round of the BNP Paribas Open. Photo: Crystal Chatham/AP

Venus Williams overcame sister Serena to book a place in the last 16 of the Indian Wells Masters in California.

The meeting was another tough test for Serena, playing her first tournament for 14 months following the birth of her child.

A crowd of nearly 10,000 were at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden to watch the clash, as Serena Williams’ comeback suffered a setback in this Women’s Tennis Association Premier Mandatory tournament.

She was beaten by her sister for only the second time in 10 matches, Venus emerging as a 6-3, 6-4 winner.

The match came 17 years after their previously scheduled tie at the tournament, where Venus’ withdrawal saw Serena advance to the final.

After Serena was booed on her was to victory in the 2011 final, the two Americans boycotted the event.

Serena ended her boycott in 2015, Venus following in 2016.

Venus is now set to meet Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova in the last 16 after she beat Julia Goerges of Germany 6-3, 6-3.

World number two Caroline Wozniacki battled through her tie, the Danish star winning 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 against Belarus’ Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

Wozniacki’s reward is a tie against Russia’s Daria Kasatkina, a 6-4, 6-3 winner against the United States’ Sloane Stephens.

In the men’s competition, an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event, defending champion Roger Federer progressed comfortably.

The Swiss star beat Serbia’s Filip Krajinović 6-2, 6-1 to advance to the last 16.

The world number one is now due to take on Jérémy Chardy, who beat fellow Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 7-5, 4-6, 6-1.

Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas came through his match against fifth seed Dominic Theim, the Austrian retiring with the match score at 3-6, 6-4, 4-2 in his opponent’s favor.

Cuevas will play South Korea’s Chung Hyeon after the Australian Open semi-finalist beat the Czech Republic’s Tomáš Berdych 6-4, 6-4.

By Michael Pavitt

Republished with permission from insidethegames.biz

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