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Venus knocks out Serena, Wozniacki marches on

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Shannon Reynolds | 14 March, 2018, 21:22

"It was a quick turnaround from last night when it feels like, 'Hey, this is a final to you're only in the fourth round, '" Williams said on court. I make those shots 10 times out of 10 in practice.

"It's good that I don't have to say that this is the best tennis I have ever played and I lost".

"It was incredible", Williams said during her post-match interview. "It's just real talent".

Serena Williams' first official tournament since becoming a mom in September was cut short by older sister Venus in Indian Wells.

Pliskova advances to meet Naomi Osaka, a 6-1, 5-7, 6-1 victor over Greece's Maria Sakkari.

The 37-year-old edged a tight first set on a tie-break against the Latvian before racing 3-0 up in the second to seemingly ease in the next round.

"Obviously I didn't want to play Venus so early on, but it can happen", Serena said following the match.

By reaching the quarterfinals, Kasatkina is projected to surpass her career-best ranking of 17th.

The two-time grand slam victor needed just 33 minutes to seal the opening set after breaking the Frenchwoman's serve on four occasions.

"I'm playing best matches against the best players", Kasatkina said. 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. "So quite a simple rule".

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Latvian Sevastova beat German Julia Goerges in straight sets 6-3 6-3.

"She's 16, so she's not scared", Pliskova said of Anisimova. "You can see she's hitting the ball without thinking, but everybody is playing like this when they are 16. I think everything is pretty solid".

The sisters had met just at the final of Wimbledon just a few months ago with Venus taking the day in three straight sets.

It was good to play that and try to get into the rhythm and get into the swing again, ' said Serena. "It's a great thing what they do for sport, and it's great that tennis has them". "It's just afterwards I don't like it as much".

On the men's side, Gael Monfils retired in the second set with a back injury trailing fellow Frenchman Pierre-Hughes Herbert 6-2, 3-1. She emphatically closed out the 36-minute set with back-to-back aces that clocked 108 miles per hour and 120 miles per hour.

The Romanian was in the stands for the Williams sisters' third-round match in California, which Venus won 6-3 6-4.

Herbert remains in contention for the $1 million bonus offered to a player who sweeps the singles and doubles titles.

There was a loud roar as Serena Williams walked onto the main stadium court at the BNP Paribas Open, wearing a bulky black jacket and black tights.

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