Serena Williams' return to the WTA Tour came to an abrupt end on Monday as she crashed out of Indian Wells with a 6-3, 6-4 loss to her sister Venus. She beat Sorona Cirstea in her second-round match, also in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4.
'So I have just got to keep saying at each tournament that my goal is just to be better than the last.
"This will be the 29th time the sisters have played each other in a Women's Tennis Association match and first since the final of last year's Australian Open, when Serena Williams was a 6-4, 6-4 victor".
She takes a career head-to-head record over Venus of 17-11 into their third-round clash.
This is the first time the siblings will play each other at the BNP Paribas Open.
Venus had a bye in the first round due to being the eighth seed.
Venus and her father Richard were greeted with boos as they made their way to their seats, with some fans believing Richard had been behind Venus' withdrawal.
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But he was back on the pitch to see Cristiano Ronaldo score his second goal of the game with what turned out to be the victor . Eibar continued to threaten though and was nearly in following an under-hit backpass but Navas was out quickly to deny Kike.
No. 7 Caroline Garcia of France beat 26th-seeded Daria Gavrilova of Australia 7-5, 6-4; No. 10 Angelique Kerber of Germany defeated No. 24 Elena Vesnina of Russian Federation 7-5, 6-2; and American Danielle Collins continued her run with a 6-4, 6-4 win over fellow wild card Sofya Zhuk of Russian Federation. "The undercurrent of racism was painful, confusing and unfair", she wrote. "In a game I loved with all my heart, at one of my most cherished tournaments, I suddenly felt unwelcome, alone and afraid".
In 2001, the sisters were set to play here in the semifinals but Venus withdrew minutes before the match, citing an injury.
"I haven't played in over a year; it's definitely not less disappointing", Serena said of the defeat. Below is all you need to know to watch on Monday. "Seventeen years seems like forever ago".
Typically, the sisters wouldn't meet until the later rounds of a tournament.
With 28 previous meetings and a 29th on the way, Venus and Serena have never played anyone else as much - Serena's next-most-played opponents are Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova (21 times each) and Venus' next-most-played opponent is Lindsay Davenport (27 times). She emphatically closed out the 36-minute set with back-to-back aces that clocked 108 miles per hour and 120 miles per hour.
Richard Williams told USA Today he suffered racial abuse and Venus would later say "she heard whatever he heard".
You know, we can always stay in the tournament longer if, you know, the both of us are in the tournament. "We weren't sure if they're going to play as long as we hoped them to play". So it's definitely a lot easier to play later on.