Serena no match for Venus

13 March 2018 04:39:53 EST

Serena Williams admits there is plenty of room for improvement in her game after she was knocked out of the BNP Paribas Open by her sister Venus.

Venus defeated her younger sibling 6-3 6-4 in the third round in Indian Wells on Monday.

Returning after more than a year away from the game to have a baby, Serena saved match point while trailing 5-2 in the second set but was unable to delay the inevitable much longer.

The 23-time grand slam champion said afterwards: "I've a long way to go. It wasn't easy, obviously.

"It was good to play and try to get in the rhythm and get into the swing again. It's good that I don't have to say that this is the best tennis I have ever played and I lost. My room for improvement is incredible."

Venus will face Anastasija Sevastova in the round of 16 after the Latvian beat Julia Goerges 6-3 6-3.

Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki edged to a 6-4 2-6 6-3 victory over Aliaksandra Sasnovich to set up a match with Daria Kasatkina, who defeated the 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens 6-4 6-3.

Fourth seed Elina Svitolina surprisingly lost to Carla Suarez Navarro 7-5 6-3.

Venus Williams is 1212/1 to win the Indian Wells tournament outright, while Wozniacki can be backed at 1212/1 and Simona Halep at 1212/1.

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