Venus prevails in too-early sisters clash

Venus and Serena Williams

Serena was forced to save three break points to hold her first service game but subsequently lost her third to love as Venus took a 4-2 lead before serving the set.

"I think this is the best she's played in a while".

The two tennis superstars who have played with and against each other over the course of their long careers, showed no signs of family connection on the court as they both fought to earn points.

"She kept roaring back, I'm just lucky that I've played more matches than her right now".

Serena was notably featuring in her first competitive event since her Australian Open win and pregnancy that followed, but along with her sister, has had to deal with health issues and injuries in the past. "It's always disappointing to me to lose to anyone".

"I was playing aggressive and feeling like he was not loving my slice", said Federer, who owns the No. 1 ranking. "Yeah, so I just have a long way to go, and I'm looking forward to the journey".

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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.

"Missing shots that I never miss, and so close", Serena said.

With the latter making two Grand Slam finals last year, the sisters continued to remain at the top level even in their mid-thirties and Federer, who is experiencing success at 36 years of age himself, believes they have lived up to their hype from when they arrived on the tennis scene.

Atsushi Tomura via Getty Images Venus Williams during her women's singles first round match against Mona Barthel of Germany during day one of the Toray Pan Pacific Open at Ariake Colosseum on 22 September 2013 in Tokyo, Japan. However, Venus is still a great player, coming off of a superb year. "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". "My room for improvement is incredible", added Serena. "She was asking what she was doing wrong, and I was trying to tell her she was rushing too much", Mouratoglou said.

"I managed to get my feet going more, and to start playing more steady, and that paid off today", said Wozniacki. Even with the baby, like, a trial run of traveling with the baby and all of this is just so new to me. She said their father, Richard, would probably decide - an insinuation that their matches were rigged.

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