Venus Williams defeated Serena Williams for the first time in almost four years, getting past her younger sister 6-3, 6-4 on Monday in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.
Serena was back on the WTA Tour for the first time since ending a 14-month absence during which she gave birth to daughter Alexis Jr. and married Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian, who sat courtside.
Among the Williams sisters, the one who had won the first set, was the one who had won 24 out of the 28 matches between them.
Venus Williams served up a can of whoop ass on her little sister Serena Williams-a tough and familiar opponent-and cut her long-awaited comeback short at the BNP Paribas Open.
And now Venus responded with a love hold, and stepped in to return her sister's serve early and with great depth to draw errors: it brought a break to love, 4-2.
Atsushi Tomura via Getty Images Venus Williams during her women's singles first round match against Mona Barthel of Germany during day one of the Toray Pan Pacific Open at Ariake Colosseum on 22 September 2013 in Tokyo, Japan.
Venus still has to go forward in in Indian Wells, whereas many of their previous tussles have taken place in finals and thus would have seen the victor hoist the trophy.
Serena concurred: "I haven't played in over a year... Even though I haven't even played that much this year, the matches in the last year count", Venus said.
INDIAN WELLS, California-One sister is rusty, just beginning a comeback after having a baby.
Venus thus wasn't dwelling on her win Monday. But from then on Venus made fewer mistakes and took a commanding lead.
Serena and Venus Williams play each other at the 2018 BNP Paribas Open tournament.
Because she came into this tournament unseeded, it was inevitable she would play a top player early, and that it would be the first true measure of where her game stands right now.
"So I have just got to keep saying each tournament my goal is just to be better than the last, and I don't - definitely don't want to go backwards". "It's always disappointing to me to lose to anyone". So the added elements of the new mother's return would just make it even more challening.
Her stamina appeared to get better as the match progressed, and she won several long points.