Venus Williams, right, hugs opponent and sister Serena Williams after defeating Serena in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif., Monday, March 12, 2018.
Serena's first full tournament back from a complicated and unsafe pregnancy came to an end on Monday night, as she lost 6-3, 6-4 to her sister Venus in the third round of Indian Wells.
Serena, 36 and vying to become the first woman to win three Indian Wells titles, clinched the victory against Bertens on her second match point when Bertens blasted a forehand wide. 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 Indian Wells in the last 17 years.
The world No. 1, like many fans around the world, is buzzing over episode 29 of the Venus vs. Serena rivalry at Indian Wells tonight.
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.
Garcia advances to the round of 16 where she will face either Elena Vesnina of Russian Federation or 10th seeded German Angelique Kerber.
Serena won her first two matches, while Venus received a first-round bye and won her opening match. "Great way to come back".
Venus, who has climbed to No. 8 in the world after enjoying a strong 2017, had six aces and broke Serena's service four times, prevailing in a long final game when her younger sister's groundstroke fell long.More news: All the glamorous pics from inside Khloe Kardashian's pink baby shower
There were no hecklers on this clear and cool Monday night, just the usual shouts of "Go, Venus" or "Go, Serena" or, for those feeling ambivalent, "Go Venus and Serena". That's totally gone out of my mind.
The Indian Wells match was 17 years in the making.
"She gave me the trophy because I was so upset".
Sasnovich, of Belarus, committed 14 double faults and had her serve broken seven times. It closer to home for the new mom and she won't have to travel far from her practice grounds. I think they hardly played any juniors, really, which made it more of a mystery, because you just didn't know exactly what to expect from them. "It's just afterward I don't like it as much".More news: Kenyan Team #Shujaa Finishes Second at the 2018 Canada Sevens Rugby Tournament
The sisters were supposed to play each other in the desert in 2001.
She takes a career head-to-head record over Venus of 17-11 into their third-round clash. "So I just have a long way to go, and I'm looking forward the journey".More news: English Premier League match report Bournemouth v Tottenham Hotspur