serena and venus williams

*At least they’re still sticking together.

Venus, 31, and Serena Williams, 30, have both been bounced from their home-state tournament, The Sony Ericsson Open, held in Key Biscayne, FL. It brings a temporary halt to what was considered a convincing comeback for the multiple grand slam winning sister act.

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In the quarterfinals stage of the tourney, Serena was taken out for the first time by former world no. 1, Caroline Wozniacki (DEN), 4-6, 4-6, and Venus, for the first time since 2006, Agnieszka Radwanska (POL), 4-6, 1-6.  Last year’s Wimbledon comeback yielded the same “consecutively dismissed” results.

While Serena seems to have been beset  by nerves and lack of focus (34 winners to 36 unforced errors), playing in mild night conditions, Venus simply had no gas left in the tank to produce her usual high velocity serves, speedy court coverage and booming groundstrokes in the 85 degree heat of the day.  In Venus’ case, searing sun, unpredictable Sjogren’s syndrome and back to back three-set battles against spry opponents apparently doesn’t mix.

“I should have rested more probably,” Venus said. “After a while you start to feel like maybe everything’s behind you. I definitely learned maybe if you’re doing something right, don’t change it.”

“I probably played about 20 percent,” Serena said of her loss. “I just made a tremendous amount of errors. There’s no reason for that. I’m older and I shouldn’t do that. There’s no excuse. I’ve just got to stop that. It’s silly.”

The Williams sisters will next take their act to Charleston, S.C. where they will play for the Family Circle Cup, March 31 – April 8.