Venus Williams moves into third round at BNP Paribas Open

Venus Williams moves into third round at BNP Paribas Open

Reflecting on her match with Venus that was never played at Indian Wells all those years ago, new mom Serena said Saturday: "I literally didn't even think about it".

The tennis ace gave birth to her first child on September 1 past year and this is her first professional tennis tournament post Australian Open 2017, in which she had clinched the title.

Serena Williams defeated Kiki Bertens 7-6, 7-5 to set up a third-round meeting against her sister Venus.

Serena, who lifted her 23rd Grand Slam title in Melbourne past year, was then already pregnant with daughter Alexis Olympia, who was born in September.

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

She fell behind 3-1 early in the second set but rallied by holding serve in the fifth game. I really abhor every time we play, but I do enjoy the battle when I'm out there.

"It's just the nerves, the anticipation you feel naturally".

"She definitely played a little bit better than she normally plays". On her big return, the sisters put on quite show of power at Indian Wells and fans could not get enough.

This is the first time the siblings will play each other at the BNP Paribas Open.

They arrived outside the stadium together on a golf cart then walked through the tunnel with Serena entering the court first, as many in the crowd stood and cheered.

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

She skipped the rest of the 2017 season, giving birth to a daughter, Olympia, on September 1 and marrying Alexis Ohanian in November before resuming training in earnest.

Venus continued where she left off in the second set, breaking in the opening game before doing so again for a commanding 3-0 lead.

Roger Federer and Serena Williams have dominated their respective circuits in tennis for over a decade.

Asked about the semi-final match that never happened, Serena said she has tried to forget.

Serena said she is trying not to look too far into the season. I love it. I love her so much.

After her 6-3 6-4 defeat, Serena sent out a warning that her scope for improvement is massive and she will be targeting an improvement at her next tournament.

Venus has only beaten Serena once since 2009, but the younger sister has just returned after becoming a mother.

"I managed to get my feet going more, and to start playing more steady, and that paid off today", said Wozniacki.

Wozniacki challenged a call in the final game when the line judge ruled that Sasnovich's shot caught the line.

"These courts are really hard to play on". "The ball bounces really high and it goes extremely slow".