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Serena And Venus Williams Meet After 14-Year Tournament Boycott

Serena And Venus Williams Meet After 14-Year Tournament Boycott

Venus preceded her younger sister on the stadium court and beat Sorana Cirstea of Romania 6-3, 6-4.

Serena Williams and sister Venus won at the BNP Paribas Open to set up a third-round clash in the desert tournament.

Serena, 36 and vying to become the first woman to win three Indian Wells titles, clinched the victory against Bertens on her second match point when Bertens blasted a forehand wide.

Collins, ranked 116th and making her first appearance in the main draw, is just starting her second year on the WTA Tour.

In 2001 they were slated to meet in the Indian Wells semi-finals when Venus withdrew, handing Serena a walkover.

"This will be the 29th time the sisters have played each other in a Women's Tennis Association match and first since the final of last year's Australian Open, when Serena Williams was a 6-4, 6-4 victor". "Great way to come back".

They will play their 29th competitive match on Monday, with Serena having won 17 of the previous 28. So it's definitely a lot easier to play later on.' On watching her sister get good results throughout the last season, Serena stated, 'I didn't watch a single match of hers. It will be their earliest match-up at a top-tier tournament since their first encounter, Venus downing Serena at the 1998 Australian Open in the second round.




Now unseeded in Indian Wells, Serena has beaten her world No. 8-ranked sister 17 of the last 28 times. I was always that girl that played with my dolls, and I went to fashion school, so it's not just made up for me.

"It's a huge difference to play her in the semifinals or even the quarterfinals or a final as opposed to the third round", she said. "Seventeen years seems like forever ago".

We don't know too much about her brand yet, but Williams has spoken in the past about the difficulties of finding makeup that can withstand her training routines, meaning it's possible she'll come out with some super-long-lasting, sweat-proof beauty items (fingers crossed).

She admitted to feeling rusty in her first two rounds against Zarina Diyas and Kiki Bertens but a wary Venus countered: "She's playing really well and just honing her game".

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.

Venus and Serena are scheduled to face each other after 2 p.m. ET on Monday, live on the Tennis Channel and streaming online at WatchESPN.