Roger Federer Hails 'Longevity And Dominance' Of Serena and Venus Williams


Women: Venus Williams bt Serena Williams 6-3, 6-4; Anastasija Sevastova bt Julia Georges 6-3, 6-3; Carla Suarez bt Elina Svitolina 7-5, 6-3; Caroline Garcia bt Daria Gavrilova 7-5, 6-4; Danielle Collins bt Sofya Zhuk 6-4, 6-4; Angelique Kerber bt Elena Vesnina 7-5, 6-2; Caroline Wozniacki bt Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-4, 2-6, 6-3; Darya Kasatkina bt Sloane Stephens 6-4, 6-3.

The seven-time major victor defeated Serena for the first time since 2014, while claiming her first straight-sets win against her youngster sister since 2008, despite a late stumble.

"I think this is the best she's played in a while". "It's just that she is out of touch... give her a couple of tournaments and she will be back at her best".

The world No. 8-ranked Venus had the advantage of a full year of excellent match play, while Serena was making her first tournament appearance in 14 months.

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Serena, 36, saved a match point against her elder sister but hit a forehand long to end the contest. It definitely felt better than the first round, but I'm still a little rusty. "Then I wouldn't be who I am", Serena said.

It was Venus' first victory over record 23-time grand slam victor Serena in their last four meetings but Serena still leads their head-to-heads 17-12.

"Missing shots that I never miss, and so close", she said. Previously, the same name was used to secure a clothing line, but Serena has apparently switched up her focus to beauty.

Serena Williams says she has "a long way to go" before finding top form, as she continues her return to tennis.

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

"I haven't played in over a year", she said. I think they hardly played any juniors, really, which made it more of a mystery, because you just didn't know exactly what to expect from them. My room for improvement is incredible.

"I haven't played in over a year". Seventeen years ago they stirred controversy when the sisters were scheduled to meet in the semi-finals of the tournament, but Venus withdrew, automatically handing Serena a walkover. "It's just afterward I don't like it as much".

"So I have just got to keep saying each tournament my goal is just to be better than the last, and I don't - definitely don't want to go backwards". Even with the baby, like, a trial run of traveling with the baby and all of this is just so new to me.

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Meanwhile, Roger Federer was also asked about Serena's comeback, and said that it could turn into the tennis story of the year.