Venus Williams on course for clash with sister Serena

Venus Williams on course for clash with sister Serena

Venus Williams on course for clash with sister Serena

Serena Williams continued her tennis comeback with a 7-6 (7/5), 7-5 win over Kiki Bertens at the BNP Paribas Open yesterday, setting up a third-round encounter with her sister Venus.

She featured in an exhibition match in Dubai and lost to Ostapenko and also played doubles with sister Venus in the Fed Cup.

And Williams brought up three set points in the tie-break and she converted the third when Bertens sprayed a forehand well wide of the line. Serena won 54 percent of her second-serve points and broke Bertens's serve six times. I really abhor every time we play, but I do enjoy the battle when I'm out there.

Venus in her new conference, talked about where Serena's game is right now coming back from having a baby: "She's playing really well and just honing her game. I'm just out here on this journey and doing the best I can".

Serena Williams owns a 17-11 record against Venus Williams, having taken the most recent matchup in the final at Melbourne previous year.

Serena, who had been out of the game because of her daughter's birth last September leads the career head-to-head record over Venus 17-11 as both will be facing each other for the first time since the 2017 Australian Open final.

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

After Serena defeated Clijsters, she did not return to Indian Wells until 2015, while Venus did not end her boycott until the following year. "It's just afterwards I don't like it as much".

In other matches Saturday, defending champion Elena Vesnina eliminated American CiCi Bellis 2-6, 6-1, 6-1; No. 4 seed Elina Svitolina beat Mona Barthel 6-4, 6-3; No. 12 Julia Goerges defeated Natalia Vikhlyantseva 6-4, 6-1; No. 27 Carla Suarez Navarro beat Su-Wei Hsieh 6-4, 2-6, 6-3; and No. 26 Daria Gavrilova dismissed Yanina Wickmayer 7-6 (3), 6-2.

Saturday night rain caused the suspension of one women's singles match and the postponement of another.

Austrian fifth seed Dominic Thiem beat Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. However, in the time when play was possible Spaniard Fernando Verdasco used his powerful serve to upset third seed Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-3.

Fifteenth seeded Madison Keys failed to get past world No. 117 Danielle Collins 6-3, 7-6 (1).

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