March 24, 2018

Serena sets up third-round clash with sister Venus

14 March 2018, 06:23 | Frank Carlson

Victoria Azerenka is making her return to action at Indian Wells

Victoria Azarenka

"Just have to go out there and see how I am and do my best". I'm still making errors that I don't normally make. "Even with the baby, like, a trial run of traveling with the baby and all of this is just so new to me".

It will be the earliest meeting between the two since their first professional match in the second round of the 1998 Australian Open. Serena leads their head-to-head 17-11.

Serena and Venus Williams will meet again Monday at Indian Wells in the third round.

"She's had such a good year last year and playing fantastic tennis", Serena Williams - unseeded for the tournament - told reporters looking ahead to the match. Richard said he heard racial slurs directed at him. Following the tournament, the sisters boycott the tournament for the next 14 years before Serena entered in 2015. "I would prefer to play someone else, anybody else, literally anybody else, but it has to happen now".

"She's playing really well and just honing her game", said Venus, who watched the Diyas match from the stands. "Whether I win or lose, there's so much more to my life".

Venus recovered from a break down in the second set against Cirstea, winning five consecutive games to close it out.

"I really abhor every time we play, but I do enjoy the battle when I'm out there", she continued. Serena won 54 percent of her second-serve points and broke Bertens's serve six times. "I haven't played in a long time".

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And one year later, DeVos still has no idea what she's talking about, if last night's sit-down with 60 Minutes is any indication. In a tweet Monday, she noted that Michigan's 4th grade math and reading test scores have fallen below the national average.

In other matches on Saturday, defending champion Elena Vesnina was made to work against American CiCi Bellis, losing the first set before coming back strongly to win 2-6, 6-1, 6-1.

Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki kept on her roll beating Lara Arruabarrena 6-4, 6-1.

Seeds Madison Keys (15), Magdalena Rybarikova (18) and Anett Kontaveit (28) all lost on Saturday.

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

The most surprising result of the day in the men's was third seed Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov's 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 defeat to unseeded Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco in this ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event.

There were no such problems for fifth seed Dominic Thiem of Austria as he beat Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

Fourth seed Elina Svitolina advanced as well after overcoming Germany's Mona Barthel 6-4, 6-3 in straight sets.

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