Serena-Venus set up third-round clash

14 March, 2018, 06:20 | Author: Franklin Nunez
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Vickery will face Naomi Osaka, who upset Aggie Radwanska after defeating Maria Sharapova in the first round.

Australian Open - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia - early 29/1/17 Serena Williams of the US poses with the Women's singles trophy after winning her final match. He hasn't played an ATP match since losing to Grigor Dimitrov at the Australian Open.

Serena - a two-time champion at Indian Wells - was far from her free-flowing best against Bertens Saturday but she battled past the Dutchman after nearly two hours on court.

Seven-time Grand Slam victor Venus Williams moved a step closer to a possible showdown with her sister Serena with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Sorana Cirstea in Indian Wells on Saturday.

Serena Williams' comeback has continued at Indian Wells as the 23-time grand slam champion earned a memorable third-round showdown with sister Venus.

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"She looked like she never lost a step", Venus said.

Monday's match will be the 29th between the pair, who last played in the 2017 Australian Open final, with Serena leading the head-to-head record 17-11.

"Obviously I wish it was anybody else in the draw, literally anybody, but that's okay", she said. "It's been over a year and a kid later and I get to go home to her now, and I'm excited about that".

In the men's competition, Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer won his first set against Federico Delbonis of Argentina.

Fourth seed Elina Svitolina advanced as well after overcoming Germany's Mona Barthel 6-4, 6-3 in straight sets. The No. 15 seed was mistake-prone throughout the second-round match, committing five unforced errors in the tiebreaker.

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Back in the main draw of a tournament for the first time since reigning supreme at Melbourne Park previous year, having given birth to daughter Alexis Olympia in September, Serena managed to see off the spirited Bertens following 22 winners and 34 unforced errors.

Serena Williams, of the United States, hits a backhand to Zarina Diyas, of Kazakhstan, during the first round of the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament in Indian Wells, Calif., Thursday, March 8, 2018.

Also moving into the third round was defending champion Elena Vesnina, who beat American Catherine Bellis 2-6 6-1 6-1. The Dutchwoman was the better player early and served for the opening set at 5-4, but couldn't close falling in the end 7-6 (5), 7-5.

Austrian fifth seed Dominic Thiem beat Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

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