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Venus Williams beat Anastasija Sevastova to reach Indian Wells quarters

Venus Williams beat Anastasija Sevastova to reach Indian Wells quarters

It was also their first duel at Indian Wells, 17 years after Venus pulled out of their semifinal with a knee injury.

"In the beginning it was really tough because I was really nervous going on the big stages against big players", she said. You know, it's good that I don't have to say that this is the best tennis I have ever played and I lost.

"These courts are really hard to play on".

"At the same time, have fun with my game, play a variation, but for the most part try to stay on the offensive".

Sevastova took the first three games in the second set, but again Williams fought back, winning the next three games and taking the second set 6-4 to close out the match.

"There were some points where she just played and it was too good", Williams said. "So I'm very happy how things are turning out to be".

The 23-time Grand Slam champion hit with power; and she got better as her first two matches progressed.

Venus will now be up against 21st seeded Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia in the fourth round of the tournament.

Venus raced out to leads of 3-0 and 5-2 in the second set.

Venus recovered well to take the second set 6-3 before Serena made the decisive break to win third set 6-4 to win her first Australian Open title.

"It wasn't easy, obviously", said Serena, who was in her first event since beating Venus in the 2017 Australian Open final.

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"It was a quick turnaround from last night when it feels like, 'Hey, this is a final to you're only in the fourth round, "' said Williams, as revealed by the New Zealand Press-based press. "But she definitely played a little better than she normally does today".

After beating Zarina Diyas and Kiki Bertens in her first two matches, the third-round encounter against her sibling proved a task too far as Venus ran out a 6-3 6-4 victor.

After early losses in her first two tournaments of the year, Williams hasn't dropped a set at Indian Wells, where she has yet to reach the final in six previous appearances.

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

Typically, the sisters wouldn't meet until the later rounds of a tournament.

It brought closure to the once testy relationship between Indian Wells and the sisters who hail from the Los Angeles suburb of Compton.

Venus and Serena Williams faced off against each other this week in the the third round of the BNP Paribas Open.

"It never crossed my mind", Venus said.

But she's a lot further along than anyone who saw her play Fed Cup doubles a month ago could have anticipated.

Elsewhere, Australian Open champ Caroline Wozniacki benefited from a challenge call in the final game en route to defeating Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.


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