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Serena Williams: 'My room for improvement is incredible'

14 March 2018

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

Serena Williams' return to the WTA Tour came to an abrupt end Monday as she crashed out of Indian Wells with a 6-3, 6-4 loss to her sister Venus.

Venus told reporters that she never counted the 23-times grand slam champion out of the match. With a day to rest mentally and physically, Williams is the clear favorite in the match, especially on the hard courts of Indian Wells. She beat Diyas in straight sets.

But for some it brought closure to the once testy relationship between Indian Wells and the sisters who hail from the Los Angeles suburb of Compton. "Serena came roaring back".

It was their earliest meeting since a 17-year-old Venus beat 16-year-old Serena in the second round of the 1998 Australian Open.

No one would dispute that.

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The momentum stayed with Venus and she raced out to a 5-2 lead in the second but struggled to close things out. Venus closed out the 29th career meeting between the two on her second match point as Serena sailed a forehand long to end the third- round showdown.

SERENA VS VENUS comin up very soon!

The sisters - as ever - exchanged a hug at the net.

Venus had dominated the first set and broke Serena's serve and set the tone of the match, keeping intact a noticeable trend in matches they have played against each other.

Playing under cloudy skies in 80-degree heat, Williams had her hands full with Sevastova, who used drop shots, top spin, lobs and jerked her 10-years-older opponent side to side.

"The ball bounces really high and it goes extremely slow".

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"I definitely know her well", Serena said of her sister. "I wish it were, but it's not". Then I wouldn't be who I am. I just want to continue to go forward. "That's also why you see a lot of upsets", she said.

"I definitely know her well, but she definitely played a little bit better than she normally does", Serena said. "My room for improvement is incredible", added Serena. "It's either keep up or get out, and I have chose to keep up and hopefully still be one of the people that's changing the game". "I just want to keep winning", del Potro said. So I have just got to keep saying each tournament my goal is just to be better than the last. The German tennis star will now take on France's Caroline Garcia for a place in the quarter-finals of the tournament.

Venus surprising took the first set 6-1 but Serena ruthlessly fought back in the next two set to win.

After her win Tuesday, Williams seemed lighter, more genial than she has since arriving at Indian Wells, a possible indication she feels like she has stepped out from beneath the weight of the past two days.

'Her level is super high and it was very hard to close out the match, just getting one ball back. "[Today was] completely different, a completely different resolution to solving the problems and the rallies on the court".

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Serena Williams: 'My room for improvement is incredible'