Saturday, 18 August, 2018

Serena Williams, Venus Williams to meet in third round at Indian Wells

Venus Williams and Serena Williams talk as they play during a match Venus Williams and Serena Williams talk as they play during a match
Domingo Copeland | 13 March, 2018, 11:19

Venus Williams has broken sister Serena's first two service games in the second set as she wrapped up their fourth round match at the WTA event in Indian Wells 6-3 6-4.

The two former world number ones resumed their rivalry, which began in second round of Australia Open in 1998, today in the third-round with Serena holding a 17-11 head-to-head record and having clinched eight out of their last nine matches. They played Monday night for the first time since last year's Australian Open final, when a pregnant Serena won her 23rd Grand Slam title. Serena showed that there's still a little rust that she needs to shake off, making more unforced errors than she usually commits.

Serena Williams hugs Venus Williams after her loss to her sister during Day 8 of BNP Paribas Open on March 12, 2018, in Indian Wells, California. Serena returned to the tournament in 2015 and Venus a year later.

" I always know that it's never over until it's over."

29 seed Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 7-6 (5), 7-5 in the second round on Saturday in her return from a 14-month absence after giving birth to her first child.

Serena said she is trying not to look too far into the season. "Just have to go out there and see how I am and do my best".

If Wozniacki wins in Indian Wells she will reclaim it.

"I have a really light schedule already". "It's another quite big match for me, and I will go out there, try to play like I played the last weeks and try to enjoy the next match".

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Serena said she is still easing her way back into match fitness.

"It's a huge difference to play her in the semi-finals or even the quarter-finals or a final as opposed to the third round".

The 27-year-old world No. 2 Wozniacki moves on to the fourth round where she will face either reigning US Open champion Sloane Stephens or 20th seed Daria Kasatkina of Russian Federation. The victory also allowed her to reclaim the world No. 1 ranking for the first time in six years.

"It never crossed my mind", Venus said.

"She gave me the trophy because I was so upset".

In the men's section, Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco used his powerful serve to upset third seed Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 (4) 4-6 6-3 while Roger Federer's tournament debut was hampered by rain.

Danielle Collins also won her third round match, defeating Sofya Zhuk of Russian Federation 6-4, 6-4.

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