After closing out the first set on her serve, Venus earned a double-break to seize a 3-0 lead in the second set. Serena broke back and closed to within 2-3. But Venus broke again in the seventh game for a 5-2 lead. She then had an opportunity to close out the match on her serve, but double-faulted on break point. She finally won it on match point No. 2.
Match point pic.twitter.com/NQqj4X1WzM— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) March 13, 2018
It was their earliest meeting since the sisters’ first match in the series, a straight-sets victory by Venus in the second round of the 1998 Australian Open. “Obviously, I wish it was anybody else in the draw, literally anybody, but that’s OK,”Serena said before the match. “Just have to go out there and see how I am and do my best.”
Vênus, who hasn’t beaten Serena since 2014, takes the first set 6-3 pic.twitter.com/RixNj1LOWL— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) March 13, 2018
Serena is still rounding into form after giving birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., Sept. 1. Williams had told Vogue magazine that she developed several small blood clots in her lungs after her daughter was born. The article said that she was unable to get out of bed for the first six weeks after giving birth.The all-time Open Era champ with 23 Grand Slam singles titles, Serena has made it clear that she wants to tie, and pass, Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24.
Venus is coming off one of the best recent years of her career, reaching the finals at the Australian Open and Wimbledon. But keeping her run going near where she grew up has special meaning. “I’m from right down the street in Compton, Calif., and this just shows wherever you come from, if you put in the work and you believe in yourself,” Venus said, “you can do anything.” (The AP contributed reporting; Photograph: Crystal Chatham/AP)
Serena has lost to Venus more than any other opponent. pic.twitter.com/ojMjYnAq7k— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) March 13, 2018