Serena would rather face "anyone else" besides Venus

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Reigning US Open champion Sloane Stephens says this wasn't the statement she had hoped for in her first tournament in the U.S. since winning her maiden Grand Slam title.

After another Serena hold, Venus then had a second chance to serve out the match.

Keys hasn't made it past the fourth round at Indian Wells in eight tries.

Williams has said she spent "hours crying in the Indian Wells locker room" after the final, and would not return to the tournament until 2015.

Serena went on to play Kim Clijsters in the final. This is just her third appearance in the California desert in 17 years. I mean, it's an incredible fascinating story, like you said.

Meanwhile, it was the first win for Venus in this rivalry since 2014 and the first straight-set win since 2008. That's totally gone out of my mind. "Seventeen years seems like forever ago".

Venus Williams d. Serena Williams 6-3, 6-4 to reach the last 16 at Indian Wells.

Serena said she is trying not to look too far into the season.

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"So if she makes a mistake, a little bit of me dies". But she was really nice.

"I have a lot of goals". I have always been a sore loser, but she's been really incredible. I didn't really feel comfortable out there today. My favorite match against her? I definitely don't have a favorite match. "Maybe I'll write everything down and rank them so that I know what to work on first going into Miami".

Venus told reporters that she never counted the 23-times grand slam champion as out of the match.

The sisters have often said the other tennis playing sibling is their toughest opponent.

Venus, the eighth seed, was a class above in the 29th meeting between the Williams sisters - Serena boasting a 17-11 head-to-head record before the blockbuster clash.

Venus and Serena have faced each other 28 times in their legendary careers and they are now meeting in Serena's first tournament back on the WTA Tour since she beat Venus 6-4, 6-4 in the 2017 Australian Open final. "When she's missing, it's not by much".

Serena also admitted that her first five months of motherhood has been "amazing", as she says that being a parent comes "naturally" to her.

"Olympia has tons of footage of me not being kind to myself. As long as I'm moving forward, even if it's at a turtle's pace, I'm OK with that". There were moments literally when I'm in the hospital bed and I just think about that.

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