Monday, 12 November, 2018

Serena And Venus Williams Meet After 14-Year Tournament Boycott

Venus Williams and Serena Williams talk as they play during a match Venus Williams and Serena Williams talk as they play during a match
Nellie Chapman | 13 March, 2018, 06:10

And I go, 'Serena, you're doing good, you're doing good no matter what.

Headliners in the men's field include defending Miami Open champion Roger Federer, who won his 20th major title at this year's Australian Open; six-time Miami Open champion Novak Djokovic; Australian Open finalist Marin Cilic; and former U.S. Open Champion and crowd favorite Juan Martin del Potro.

Not only is Venus now more match fit - this is her 13th WTA event over the past 12 months, and Serena's first - but the earlier in the tournament they play each other, the more it has favoured Venus. "The undercurrent of racism was painful, confusing and unfair", she wrote. "In a game I loved with all my heart, at one of my most cherished tournaments, I suddenly felt unwelcome, alone and afraid".

"Obviously I wish it was anybody else in the draw, literally anybody, but that's OK", Serena said.

"This is the earliest the sisters will be playing in a tournament since the 1998 Australian Open, when they met in the second round".

Serena went on to beat Kim Clijsters in the final, but was booed throughout the match and during the presentation ceremony as fans believed the Williams' were match fixing.

The early meeting is the result of Serena Williams being unranked and not being among the tournament's 32 seeded female players because of her maternity leave.

The news of her new beauty line comes just days after her first match (and win) after a 14-month break surrounding the birth of her first child, Alexis Olympia Ohanian.

"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.

We don't know too much about her brand yet, but Williams has spoken in the past about the difficulties of finding makeup that can withstand her training routines, meaning it's possible she'll come out with some super-long-lasting, sweat-proof beauty items (fingers crossed).

Over the years, the two sisters have played out some memorable encounters but this one is surely the most unique of the lot.

She admitted to feeling rusty in her first two rounds against Zarina Diyas and Kiki Bertens but a wary Venus countered: "She's playing really well and just honing her game".

In an essay for Time magazine just before her return, she made it clear she feels much of the vitriol was racist in nature.