Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Serena Williams: 'My room for improvement is incredible'

Serena Williams: 'My room for improvement is incredible'

On Monday, it was the Williams not making a comeback who emerged the victor, 6-3, 6-4 - her first success over Serena since 2014 and only her second in the last nine years.

After blowing through the first two rounds of the BNP Paribas Open, defeating Zarina Diyas and Kiki Bertens, Serena's comeback was thwarted when she faced her sister for the 29th time.

'Her level is super high and it was very hard to close out the match, just getting one ball back. Serena came back in 2015 only to withdraw with a knee injury before her semifinal, and Venus followed the next year.

But Venus, 37, did have a think of what made the difference between the sisters on court in the third round, their earliest tournament battle since meeting in the second round at the 1998 Australian Open because Serena is now unranked. "It wasn't very easy, obviously", she said.

You're out there, and I can't really replicate the situation no matter how much I do in practice, or I make those shots 10 times out of 10 in practice.

Darren Cahill, the ESPN commentator who also coaches world No. 1 Simona Halep, tweeted on Monday that he feels the WTA should allow players returning from maternity leave to have a protected seeding, not just a protected ranking. For some it brought closure to the once testy relationship between Indian Wells and the sisters, who hail from the Los Angeles suburb of Compton.

Venus moves on to the round of 16 where she will face Anastasija Sevastova.

Serena was playing in just her third singles match since being away from competitive singles tennis for over a year.

"I managed to get my feet going more, and to start playing more steady, and that paid off today", said Wozniacki.

"It never crossed my mind", Venus said.

"It's good that I don't have to say that this is the best tennis I have ever played and I lost. I have to look forward to the next match and the next time." . I definitely don't want to go backwards.

My room for improvement is incredible. "I thought I was in control of the point and winning the point, and she turned it around".

If anyone thought Serena would retire from tennis after becoming a mom, the 36-year-old said she has her eyes on breaking the Grand Slam title record and being the most decorated tennis champ of all time.

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