Venus Williams has defeated more youthful sister Serena 6-Three, 6-Four within the 3rd spherical of the BNP Paribas Open, her first win within the sibling contention since 2014.
It was once the sisters’ earliest assembly since a 17-year-old Venus beat 16-year-old Serena in the second one spherical of the 1998 Australian Open. They performed Monday evening for the primary time since final yr’s Australian Open ultimate, when a pregnant Serena received her 23rd Grand Slam identify.
Venus closed out the one-and-a-half-hour fit on her 2d fit level when Serena’s forehand carrier go back sailed lengthy. It was once one in every of Serena’s 41 unforced mistakes, together with 17 at the forehand aspect.
Serena nonetheless owns a 17-12 merit total, even though Venus evened their WTA Tour head-to-head conferences at 7-7.