Indian Wells: Serena Williams 'should have been top seed' - Halep


On Tuesday, Latvia's second-best ranked lady tennis player Anastasija Sevastova lost to Venus Williams (United States) 6-7, 4-6 in the fourth round of the Indian Wells Premier series tennis tournament, informs LETA.

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

Venus saved a break point of her own at 5-4 and went on to take the match.

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.It was the first meeting between the sisters since they clashed in the final of the 2017 Australian Open, which Serena won before taking a 15-month hiatus due to her pregnancy.

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It was Venus' first win in this rivalry since 2014 and the first straight-set win since 2008. "Hopefully, she decides to play a lot and enjoy herself in the process and get back to who knows how high?"

The Indian Wells match was 17 years in the making. The teenager, however, went mentally off the match after a double fault on second serve at 3-3 in the tiebreak.

It was a disappointing exit for Wozniacki, who finally silenced her critics earlier this year with her maiden Grand Slam title in Melbourne, where she defeated Halep in the final.

Serena gave birth to Alexis Olympia Ohanian September of that year, and Indian Wells marked her return to competitive play.

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"Serena played so well, it was a treat for everyone to see this match so early in her comeback". I don't know how long Serena (and Venus, for that matter) has left at the top, but I wouldn't bet against her getting back on track. "My room for improvement is incredible", added Serena.

If anyone thought Serena would retire from tennis after becoming a mom, the 36-year-old said she has her eyes on breaking the Grand Slam title record and being the most decorated tennis champ of all time.

Halep called for a timeout in the first set so her coach Darren Cahill could come down to the court to discuss strategy. Serena was booed throughout the final before she beat Clijsters in three sets for her second title in the desert. Halep reclaimed the ranking just before Indian Wells.

There was a loud roar as Serena Williams walked onto the main stadium court at the BNP Paribas Open, wearing a bulky black jacket and black tights.

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Not many players can claim that they've spent their offseason practicing with two former world No. 1s but Sakkari had the fortune of doing so in Monte Carlo end of previous year with the Safins.

"You just have to reset your mind and focus on the round you're in", Williams said.

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