Federer moves on, Stephens loses at Indian Wells

Federer moves on, Stephens loses at Indian Wells

As for Venus, she attributed the victory to having more match practice than her sister, and credited Serena for her attempted fightback from two breaks down in the second set.

Into the second set, Venus broke Serena again in the opening game then again in the third to take a 3-0 advantage and eventually hold on to win the set and the match despite a late 4-game rally by Serena.

The two tennis superstars who have played with and against each other over the course of their long careers, showed no signs of family connection on the court as they both fought to earn points. "It nearly doesn't matter, but it would just be fantastic to see her do it now".

Venus: "Her level is super high and it was very hard to close out the match, just getting one ball back..."

There was a loud roar as Serena Williams walked onto the main stadium court at the BNP Paribas Open, wearing a bulky black jacket and black tights.

"It definitely feels like a big deal because I have never gone this far in a tournament", Collins said.

"I was playing aggressive and feeling like he was not loving my slice", said Federer, who owns the No. 1 ranking.

So I just have a long way to go, and I'm looking forward to the journey.

Roger Federer returns a shot to Filip Krajinovic during the third round of the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells Calif. Monday
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This was Serena's first time on the WTA Tour since ending a 14-month absence, during which she married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, and gave birth to daughter Alexis Jr.

"Missing shots that I never miss, and so close", Serena said.

During this tournament, Mouratoglou said he and Serena learned a lot about where she is in her comeback and what they need to work on heading into next week's Miami Open.

Federer improved to 65-5 since returning from a left knee injury past year with his third-round victory in a rare day match. "It's just afterwards I don't like it as much". "For her, I think it was a really good match", Serena said.

I think just I have played more matches in the previous year.

Serena praised Venus after losing last night.

"I think she's going to be speeding back to the seedings and to winning tournaments sooner than later". "My room for improvement is incredible", added Serena. She got off to an terrible start in 2018, losing in the Round of 128 in the Australian Open, but she's a high-ranked, terrific player.

"So I have just got to keep saying at each tournament that my goal is just to be better than the last".

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