Serena Williams's Return to Tour Is Ended by Her Sister Venus

Serena Williams's Return to Tour Is Ended by Her Sister Venus

Serena Williams's Return to Tour Is Ended by Her Sister Venus

Federer, who experienced a career resurgence last year after a long injury lay-off, is happy to see them still thriving and believes Serena can emulate him by having her comeback from pregnancy be the story of the year. But 36-year-old Serena was unseeded in this event.

I really hate when Serena loses.

In an essay for Time magazine just before her return, she made it clear she feels much of the vitriol was racist in nature.

"The false allegations that our matches were fixed hurt, cut and ripped into us deeply", Serena Williams wrote in a 2015 column published on the website announcing that would return to the tournament that year, ending a 14-year boycott.

They met for the first time in the second round of the 1998 Australian Open which Venus won 7-6 (7/4), 6-1.

But just as Venus looked in complete control, Serena broke back to reduce the deficit to keep her hopes alive. Serena showed that there's still a little rust that she needs to shake off, making more unforced errors than she usually commits.

Venus hadn't beaten Serena since the summer of 2014 in Canada, but she had to be considered the favorite in this one given the rustiness of her younger sister's game. But she's only got room to improve before the next big major, the 2018 French Open begins in late May.

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Wozniacki had been one of seven women who held the No. 1 ranking who hadn't won a Grand Slam when she triumphed in Melbourne in January.

Venus, seeded eighth, reached the Wimbledon final, the US Open semi-finals and the championship match of the WTA Finals while Serena was away from the tour.

However, despite stumbling as Venus double-faulted twice and wasted a match point at 5-2 while facing a break point at 5-4, the 37-year-old still managed to close it out against the rallying Serena.

The sisters have often said the other tennis playing sibling is their toughest opponent. The announcement drew boos from fans, who expressed doubt that she was indeed injured. Most of their matches have come in finals or semifinals.

Richard Williams said he heard racial slurs from the crowd and he paused to shake his fist at them.

"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".

Both sisters have been greeted warmly by fans each time they've played here since that turbulent time.

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