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Venus beats Serena in their 29th match

COMPETITION: Serena and Venus Williams (Photo credit: PA)

VENUS WILLIAMS beat younger sister Serena to make it through to the fourth round at Indian Wells with a 6-3 6-4 win.

Serena was playing in her first tournament since giving birth last September and faced her sister for the 29th time, with Venus winning all but four of their meetings.

According to The Telegraph, Serena saved three break points to hold her first service game but lost her third as Venus took a 4-2 lead and served out for the set in 37 minutes.

Venus raced to a 3-0 lead in the second set after breaking her sister twice and had a match point at 5-3 which Serena saved, before Venus saved a break point of her own at 5-4 and went on to take the match.

Speaking after her loss, Serena said she has "a long way to go" on her comeback after the birth of her child.

"It was good to play and try to get in the rhythm and get into the swing again," added Serena, who gave birth just over six months ago.

"I can't really replicate the situation no matter how much I do in practice. I make those shots 10 times out of 10 in practice.

"It's just the nerves, the anticipation you feel naturally. It's a little bit of everything that comes in a match that just doesn't normally happen.

"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," added Serena.

"So I have just got to keep saying at each tournament that my goal is just to be better than the last. I don't want to go backwards."

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