Tennis
Serena Williams’s return is ended by her sister Venus

On Monday, it was the Williams who is not on the comeback trail who emerged as the victor. Venus prevailed, 6-3, 6-4, serving big when she needed it most though she struggled to close out her sister.

Mar.13 - SportLand: Seventeen years after their first match in Indian Wells failed to materialize, Venus and Serena Williams finally faced each other across the net in the desert.

So much has changed since 2001, and not just the outfits and the hairstyles. The Williamses are now arguably the greatest sibling act in sports history, and Serena, 36, took the court on Monday night as a new mother while Venus, 37, walked out as a new aunt.

On Monday, it was the Williams who is not on the comeback trail who emerged as the victor. Venus prevailed, 6-3, 6-4, serving big when she needed it most though she struggled to close out her sister.

“I just feel it’s never over until it’s over, and she just came right back,” said Venus, who failed in her first attempt to serve out the match at 5-2 in the second set. “You know, I’m just lucky I played more matches than her right now.”

This was the 29th meeting in a sibling rivalry that Serena still leads 17-12. The last time they faced each other was in January 2017, when Serena defeated Venus to win the Australian Open, which was her 23rd Grand Slam singles title.

Unbeknownst to the general public, Serena was two months pregnant when she won that title. She skipped the rest of the 2017 season, giving birth to a daughter, Olympia, on Sept. 1 and marrying Alexis Ohanian in November before resuming training in earnest.

This was the first singles tournament of her comeback, and she arrived with no official ranking and no seeding, which explains how she and the 8th-seeded Venus wound up facing each other in the third round.

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