Venus Williams served up a can of whoop ass on her little sister Serena Williams—a tough and familiar opponent—and cut her long-awaited comeback short at the BNP Paribas Open.
Venus edged Serena out with a 6-3, 6-4 win, making it the first win for Venus against her sister since 2014 and the first straight-set victory since 2008, according to the Bleacher Report.
Serena fell short in the third round after a strong start, winning the first two matches against Venus. The BNP Paribas Open is Serena’s first singles WTA event since her pregnancy. Serena celebrated her comeback and won the first post-baby match by defeating Kazakhstan’s Zarina Diyas at Indian Wells.
Venus is now positioned to be the top contender to win this week at Indian Wells Tennis Garden in California.
Serena’s first two matches were strong, but Venus couldn’t be stopped in the third round and advanced to a win against her sister, according to the Bleacher Report.
It’s always a big story when the Williams sisters compete on the court, with the younger sibling now holding an 17-12 lead in the all-time series.
“I really abhor every time we play, but I do enjoy the battle when I’m out there,” Serena Williams said, per Melissa Isaacson of the tournament’s official site. “It’s just afterwards I don’t like it as much.”
Now Serena will take on No. 21 seed Anastasija Sevastova in her next match and a spot in the quarterfinals is on the line.
Serena enters the beauty game
But don’t cry for Serena’s loss! In addition to getting back in the swing of things on the court, she’s got her hands full with a new beauty line.
According to reports, Serena Williams filed legal documents to obtain a trademark for the name “Aneres,” which spells Serena backwards. Previously, the same name was used to secure a clothing line, but Serena has apparently switched up her focus to beauty.
Serena Williams’ forthcoming line is said to target customers interested in skin care prep, makeup removal products, and fragrances— such as colognes and perfumes. Also listed are makeup kits, bath soaps, lipstick, lip gloss, eye shadow, eyeliner and mascara.
With Serena Williams’ inspiring and truth-telling commentary on the racism and sexism she often faces from both the media and her peers, it would be a powerful statement for her to step into the beauty game with an empowering line of products.