Indian Wells: the return of Serena Williams stopped by Venus

Indian Wells: le retour de Serena Williams stoppé par Venus

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Indian Wells | The old N. 1 mondiale Serena Williams, who was playing in Indian Wells (California) his first tournament for 14 months, has been stopped in the 3rd round on Monday with her older sister Venus, winning in two sets (6-3, 6-4).

The youngest of the sisters Williams, became a mother for the first time in September, has not been able to do anything in the face of the 8th player in the world.

Too feverish and short of competition, she lost her service in the sixth game of the first set and conceded the first round in 36 minutes on a game white.

The player to the 23 titles of the Grand Slam was very badly started the second set by losing two times its implementation in the game to be conducted 3 to 0.

But back to the wall, she rebelled and found herself briefly the beatings and the rage of defeat that make it one of the best players in history.

She came back to 3-2, was pushed back with a return winner for a ball game at 5-3 and then took the service of his elder (5-4), before capitulating on yet another unforced error.

“With it, a game is never finished, I had the advantage of having played many more matches than she, but what she has shown in recent days is impressive,” admired Venus Williams, who will be opposed at the next turn to the Latvian Anastasija Sevastova, 20th in the world.

Serena Williams, 36 years old, was no longer appeared on the professional circuit female since the Australian Open in 2017 that it had won.

Then she had announced that she was pregnant and had put an end to his season.

After the birth of her daughter, Alexis Olympia, in September, she had attempted to make his return at the Australian Open in 2018, before changing your mind and reveal that her confinement had been followed up with serious medical complications.

This duel between the sisters Williams, the 29th on the WTA tour with 17 victories for Serena and now 12 for Venus, took place 17 years after trauma in the 2001 edition of this same tournament in Indian Wells.

Then they had to face in the semi-finals, Venus, wounded, had forfeit the match within minutes of the kick-off causing the anger of the public.

Spectators have accused their father and coach to have engineered this package to increase the chances of Serena in the final.

In the final, a part of the public had spoken out at Serena and his father, in the stands, which had led the Williams family, the victim, according to her racism, to boycott the event until 2016.