Indian Wells: Serena and Venus Williams meet after 14-year tournament boycott

Sisterly act in offing

Venus did her part to set up the marquee match when she dismantled World No.35 Sorana Cirstea 6-3, 6-4 in just 79 minutes.

Serena Williams will play her sister, Venus today (Monday) in the third round at Indian Wells as she continues her comeback after the birth of her child.

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

WTA Indian Wells is on Tennis Channel Plus.

Serena was already pregnant with daughter Alexis Olympia, who was born on 1 September, when she beat Venus 6-4 6-4 in Melbourne.

Serena made a decision to return in 2015, whilst Venus came back to Indian Wells in 2016.

She takes a career head-to-head record over Venus of 17-11 into their third-round clash.

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Last week, Serena even admitted that she nearly walked away from tennis after the birth of her daughter, Olympia. 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.

"That's, you know, totally gone out of my mind", Serena said Saturday.

Barring any late surprises, the two will indeed square off for the 29th time Monday and Serena, now 36, did recall their first duel in Compton, the Los Angeles suburb about 130 miles west of Indian Wells where the siblings grew up. First of all, 17 years ago seems like forever ago.

Venus is enjoying a resurgence on the Tour after a string of injuries limited her playing time for several seasons. "Just have to go out there and see how I am and do my best".

"I still have a lot to give". I think she's playing great compared to when she was younger. She won four of the final five games of the second set, breaking Cirstea three times to close it out.

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.

In her third round match, she'll face an opponent, who's all too familiar and someone she loathes to fight against, especially at this stage of the tournament.

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