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Serena wins again, sets up sisters match

14 March 2018

"Everything is a bonus".

Serena and Venus Williams will meet again Monday at Indian Wells in the third round.

"She's playing really well and just honing her game. I'm really happy about that".

Whether it be her inability to smile during a competition, or her visceral reactions whenever she scores a point, (or oftentimes win) Williams has merited the ire of many in the sports world and online.

The sisters were supposed to clash in the 2001 semi-final here, but Venus withdrew only a few minutes before the match was to begin, citing tendinitis in her right knee.

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And the 36-year-old backed that up with a battling display, which lasted nearly two hours against the spirited Dutchwoman, despite tallying 34 unforced errors.

Top-ranked Simona Halep beat Kristyna Pliskova 6-4, 6-4, and Petra Kvitova rallied past Yulia Putintseva 6-7 (4), 7-6 (3), 6-4 for her 14th consecutive match win.

On Sunday, the third round gets underway with Simona Halep, Karolina Pliskova, Jelena Ostapenko and two key matches heldover from yesterday because of the rain with Angelique Kerber down a set to Ekatarina Makarova and Sloane Stephens and Victoria Azarenka affair. But, when Richard and Venus arrived at the stadium to watch Serena play the 2001 final against Kim Clijsters, they were booed by the crowd of almost 16,000. But I have to play a seed regardless, sooner than later most times for the next couple of tournaments, so I have to be ready. Riding on her momentum, the Dutch had the golden opportunity to extend her lead but failed to convert her chances as Williams sent in several well-placed serves to lessen the deficit.

Williams first announced her comeback game on Instagram.

It was a spirited display from Bertens but she was unable to back it up on serve as Williams reclaimed the break immediately before ending the contest once and for all, much to the joy of the American fans.

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Her average first- and second-serve speeds were superior to Williams's on Saturday, and she tried and failed to serve for the opening set before Williams eventually prevailed in a tiebreaker.

But all-Williams matches have never been exclusively about the tennis or the tactics.

"Obviously I wish it was anybody else in the draw, literally anybody, but that's okay".

"It definitely felt better than the first round, but I'm still a little rusty".

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Serena wins again, sets up sisters match