Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
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Serena vs Venus, tennis' greatest sibling rivalry resumes at Indian Wells

Serena vs Venus, tennis' greatest sibling rivalry resumes at Indian Wells

Venus had a bye in the first round and reached the round of 32 by beating Sorana Cirstea in straight sets.

The seven-time Grand Slam champion won her opening match on Saturday held at Indian Wells, California, in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4, and now faces the victor between her younger sister Serena Williams, 36, and No. 29 seed Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands in the next round, reports Xinhua news agency.

She bested Zarina Diyas in straight sets in her opener, a round that Venus didn't even play in due to being seeded and getting a first-round bye.

It was Venus' seventh appearance in the California desert, and third since 2001, after an absence of 15 years.

That this is Indian Wells, a tournament that holds plenty of history for the Williams sisters, makes it an even more loaded contest.

Serena was already pregnant with daughter Alexis Olympia, who was born on 1 September, when she beat Venus 6-4 6-4 in Melbourne.

Monday's meeting will be the 29th between the pair, with Serena leading 17-11.

"I wish it was anybody else in the draw, literally anybody, but that's OK, " Serena Williams said at a news conference Saturday after her 7-6 (5), 7-5 second-round victory over 29th-seeded Kiki Bertens of Netherlands that set up the match-up at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

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. "Just have to go out there and see how I am and do my best".

"That's, you know, totally gone out of my mind". "We can always stay in the tournament longer if the both of us are in the tournament". In fact, it's the first time they've met before the Round of 16 since their very first head-to-head matchup more than 20 years ago.

"She's playing really well and just honing her game". I think she's playing great compared to when she was younger.

Venus won 61 percent of her first-serve points and broke Cirstea's serve six times.

Ukrainian Svitolina won five titles in 2017, comprising Toronto, Rome, Istanbul, Dubai and Taipei City.

In her third round match, she'll face an opponent, who's all too familiar and someone she loathes to fight against, especially at this stage of the tournament.

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