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Venus Williams has ended Serena Williams' return to tournament tennis as she ousted her early today in the third round of Indian Wells BNP Paribas Open in two straight sets 6-3, 6-4.

It was their earliest meeting since a 17-year-old Venus beat 16-year-old Serena in the second round of the 1998 Australian Open.

Serena's last match before stepping away to give birth to her first daughter was the Australian Open final (which she won over Venus).

"That's going to be a huge story, maybe the story of the year", Federer said.

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

But this night belonged to Aunt Venus. Serena is famed for some of her comebacks but Venus indeed held firm.

"[Serena's] level is super-high and it was very hard to close out the match, just getting one ball back", Venus lauded her sister in her post-match press conference.

While all eyes were on Serena, Venus stole the show in her 6-3 6-4 victory. But she aced, and closed out the match, 6-4, in an hour and 24 minutes. "I played against her at the end of a year ago", Kerber said.

Serena is still shaking off the rust after the long layoff as she hit four aces but had her serve broken four times.

"She's playing really well and just honing her game".

It was far from convincing for Wozniacki, who prevailed 6-4 2-6 6-3 against Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

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The two exchanged another a pair of thrilling breaks, with Serena staving off match-point in the process, and then Venus faced a break point that would have levelled the set, 5-5. But Serena cracked a backhand victor down the line for deuce.

Now Serena will take on No. 21 seed Anastasija Sevastova in her next match and a spot in the quarterfinals is on the line.

Serena held to trail 5-4 with an ace and a clean victor. The sisters were meeting for the 29th time in their illustrious decades-long career. I make those shots 10 times out of 10 in practice. "At least they're in the margin", Serena said. I just want to continue to go forwards. "It's another quite big match for me, and I will go out there, try to play like I played the last weeks and try to enjoy the next match". "It's just afterward I don't like it as much".

It was obvious both were not over the moon, as neither smiled when they greeted after the game. Right now it's Venus: 1 Serena: 0.

"I don't think it would have been a surprise if I had have won. My room for improvement is incredible", added Serena.

Roger Federer rolled past No. 25 seed Filip Krajinovic 6-2, 6-1 in pursuit of a record sixth BNP Paribas Open title on Monday, while Sloane Stephens remained mired in her post-U.S. "I always know that it's never over until it's over", she said.

From that doubles match, you might have pegged Williams' return to Grand Slam form sometime next year. This is general practice: the players share a cart, studiously avoiding each other, sometimes buried deep in their Beats headphones.

After losing the first four games of the match, Vesnina responded by winning five on the bounce for a chance to serve for the set. But from then on Venus made fewer mistakes and took a commanding lead.

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

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

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