But for now, the current rule stands and Serena, though she will have an official ranking next Monday, will continue to be the most unsafe unseeded outsider in women's tennis. Serena has gone through so much.and now she can go cuddle with her lovely baby... she will always return... and her sister played a great game!
"It's a huge difference to play her in the semifinals or even the quarterfinals or a final as opposed to the third round", she said. Serena went on to play Kim Clijsters in the final.
'It's good that I don't have to say that this is the best tennis I have ever played and I lost.
Richard Williams claimed to have heard racist taunts, and no member of the family returned to the increasingly prestigious tournament for more than a decade.
Serena subsequently stayed away from Indian Wells until 2015, while Venus didn't return until one year later.
Venus Williams (R) of the USA hugs her sister Serena Williams (L) of the USA after defeating her in their match at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California, USA, 12 March 2018.
"That's totally gone out of my mind", she said. First of all, 17 years ago seems like forever ago.
Those numbers make sense when one considers grand slam wins - Serena has 23 compared to Venus' seven.
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"It was in juniors", said Serena.
Still showing some rust from her long layoff, Serena hit just one ace and made 37 unforced errors to 32 for Bertens. But she was really nice. "That's also why you see a lot of upsets", she said. I have always been a sore loser, but she's been really fantastic. Like, I really hate it. "We have a great little family going on".
"I never won a match sitting down", she explains. I definitely don't have a favorite match. "It's just afterwards I don't like it as much".
Five-time Grand Slam champion Sharapova is a five-time finalist in Miami but has never won the tournament.
The sisters have often said the other tennis playing sibling is their toughest opponent.
She takes a career head-to-head record over Venus of 17-11 into their third-round clash.
Venus and Serena were set to play against each other in the semi-finals of the tournament that year however Venus withdrew moments before that game with an elbow injury.
"It wasn't very easy, obviously", she said. There were moments literally when I'm in the hospital bed and I just think about that. "I just have a long way to go and I look forward to the journey", Serena added.