Serena Williams to play Venus in Indian Wells third round

Randall Padilla
March 14, 2018

Indian Wells: Serena Williams set up a mouth-watering Indian Wells third round showdown against her sister Venus with a straight-sets victory over Kiki Bertens on Saturday. The tennis superstar beat Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan during her comeback match on Thursday.

"I don't think my dad wants me to ever stop playing", the 37-year-old, seven-time Grand Slam champion said. "It's just afterwards I don't like it as much". I'm still making errors that I don't normally make. "I call this a trial run, of travelling with the baby and all of this is just so new to me".

Venus beat Romania's Sorana Cîrstea 6-3. 6-4. It is also their first meeting since their encounter in the final of the 2017 Australian Open, where Serena won while being eight-weeks pregnant.

Asked about the semi-final match that never happened, Serena said she has tried to forget. Richard Williams alleged he had heard racist taunts.

The crowd's treatment led to a 14-year boycott by the sisters, which Serena finally ended in 2015.

"I really abhor every time we play, but I do enjoy the battle when I'm out there".

Venus recovered from a break down in the second set against Cirstea, winning five consecutive games to close it out. "Obviously, I have to play better than her and see how the match goes". But I have to play a seed regardless, sooner than later most times for the next couple of tournaments, so I have to be ready.

Defending champion Elena Vesnina of Russian Federation also moved into the third round after she beat American Catherine Bellis 2-6 6-1 6-1.

Two seeded players lost: No. 18 Magdalena Rybarikova and No. 28 Anett Kontaveit.

In the men's tournament at Indian Wells, Roger Federer's opening match was put on hold as heavy rain swept through the California desert.

The Australian toughed it out in a first set tiebreaker before easing to a 7-6 (7-3) 6-2 victory. 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.

Fifth-seeded Dominic Thiem fired 10 aces to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 6-2, 3-6, 6-3; No. 7 Kevin Anderson defeated Evgeny Donskoy 7-5, 6-4; and No. 12 Tomas Berdych rolled past German Maximilian Marterer 6-1, 6-4 in just over an hour.

Wild card Danielle Collins defeated U.S. Open finalist Madison Keys 6-3, 7-6 (1) to continue a string of upsets.

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