Venus Williams serves to Kurumi Nara, of Japan, at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, Friday, March 11, 2016, in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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Venus Williams finally made peace with Indian Wells tennis fans Friday by ending her 15-year boycott of the hardcourt tournament, but she couldn't put away her Japanese opponent.Venus' stunning loss to the world number 89 dashed any hopes that the Compton, California, sisters could meet in the quarter-finals at Indian Wells, one of the biggest events on the tennis calendar outside of the Grand Slams.Venus is a former world number one and the first African-American to become the top-ranked women's player in the world.Venus said Richard did not attend Friday's match. Tenth-seeded Venus blasted three aces but made four double faults and won just four of 12 break points in the 101-minute match.Venus added luck wasn't on her side Friday.
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