Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Venus Williams moves into third round at BNP Paribas Open

Venus Williams moves into third round at BNP Paribas Open

Serena Williams moved into a third-round match on Saturday against her sister Venus at the Indian Wells Masters and revealed the problems she was facing in combining parenthood and her tennis career.

With Serena Williams coming back last week after 14 months away, she, and everyone watching, were taking it one match at a time.

Serena still owns a 17-12 advantage overall, although Venus evened their WTA Tour head-to-head meetings at 7-7.

After the 2001 Indian Wells showpiece, Serena boycotted the tournament for 13 years. On Monday, Venus became the fourth. I have a long way to go. I have always been a sore loser, but she's been really incredible.

"I would prefer to play someone else, anybody else, literally anybody else, but it has to happen now and one of us will be going home", Serena said about the upcoming match. "This just shows that wherever you come from, if you put in the work and you believe in yourself, you can do anything".

When Serena Williams played in that year's tournament final - which she won - she was booed throughout the match.

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".

It was an unfamiliar situation for Serena, with Venus responding to everything thrown at her, including a pair of break points, which she saved.

A string of errors from Serena saw her get broken at the start of the second set. The 36-year-old former World No. 1 wants to trademark the name Aneres, which spells Serena backwards. She won four of the final five games of the second set, breaking Cirstea three times to close it out.

Venus and Serena were set to play against each other in the semi-finals of the tournament that year however Venus withdrew moments before that game with an elbow injury. Serena frames a return for 15-30, then Venus booms an ace for 30-all.

But just as Venus looked in complete control, Serena broke back to reduce the deficit to keep her hopes alive.

Serena held for 4-5, forcing Venus to try and serve out the match for a second time.

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