Focus finally back on Venus Williams at Indian Wells

Focus finally back on Venus Williams at Indian Wells

Focus finally back on Venus Williams at Indian Wells

Anisimova, a 16-year-old wild card, won her first three WTA Tour matches at Indian Wells, beating Pauline Parmentier, No. 23 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and two-time Wimbledon victor Petra Kvitova without dropping a set.

Williams has no official ranking after spending a year off court, which means she can not be seeded for WTA events.

She next faces either wild card Danielle Collins or world number 27 Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain.

Latvian Sevastova beat German Julia Goerges in straight sets 6-3 6-3. "There were some points where she just played and it was too good".

"I love the way that they are motivated and they are still playing at this age, Serena with the kid", Halep said.

The first set went into a tiebreak before Serena won it 7-4.

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The 22-year-old Greek, now ranked 58 in the world, had a strong end to her 2017, reaching the semi-finals in Wuhan, as a qualifier, then spent part of her offseason practicing with ex-world No. 1s Marat Safin and Dinara Safina in Monaco, under the watchful eye of her coach Thomas Johansson, before heading to Dubai for more training. She asked Darren Cahill's advice and her coach suggested her to work longer points and reduce the error count.

That win finally came in Acapulco but it is Indian Wells where Sakkari really found her groove. Halep will have to get past unseeded Croatian Martic, who has yet to drop a set so far.

American tennis ace Serena Williams' return after a 15-month pregnancy layoff suffered a major blow as she knocked out of the Indian Wells Masters after going down against elder sister Venus Williams in the third round of the tournament here on Tuesday. Wozniacki blew a 3-0 lead in the first set and was on the run most of the match before losing for the second time this year to the 20-year-old Russian.

This was their first encounter with Venus as an aunt and Serena as a new mother after giving birth to her baby daughter, Alexis Olympia, on September 1.

Venus was in control of the match, despite some unforced errors and several double faults, throughout.

"She outsmarted me today, which is fair enough", Wozniacki said. With a day to rest mentally and physically, Williams is the clear favorite in the match, especially on the hard courts of Indian Wells.

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On Monday, it was the Williams not making a comeback who emerged the victor, 6-3, 6-4 - her first success over Serena since 2014 and only her second in the last nine years.

In the second set Anisimova, going for back-to-back top 10 win, recovered from a break down and maintained the set on serve towards the tiebreak.

"You know, I'm just lucky I played more matches than her right now".

Halep improved to 17-1 this year and needs only to reach the final to stay at the top.

"It's good that I don't have to say that this is the best tennis I have ever played and I lost", Serena said.

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