How to Watch Serena vs. Venus Williams

How to Watch Serena vs. Venus Williams

Eighth seed Venus Williams moves into the third round of the BNP Paribas Open with a straight-set victory over No. 35 Romania's Sorana Cirstea.

Serena won the 2017 Australian Open final over Venus while about eight weeks pregnant, and from then on was inactive in singles competition until her opener at Indian Wells.

It will be their earliest meeting since the sisters' first match in the series, a straight-sets victory by Venus in the second round of the 1998 Australian Open.

It was Venus' seventh appearance in the California desert, and third since 2001, after an absence of 15 years.

Williams has said she spent "hours crying in the Indian Wells locker room" after the final, and would not return to the tournament until 2015.

"This will be the 29th time the sisters have played each other in a Women's Tennis Association match and first since the final of last year's Australian Open, when Serena Williams was a 6-4, 6-4 victor".

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

The younger of the two, Serena holds a better career head-to-head record over Venus of 17-11., with only 10 matches going to a decider. "Just have to go out there and see how I am and do my best". "Seventeen years seems like forever ago". "You know, we can always stay in the tournament longer if the both of us are in the tournament", Serena said.

"She gave me the trophy because I was so upset".

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. I don't think my dad wants me to ever stop playing", the 37-year-old, seven-time Grand Slam champion said. She won four of the final five games of the second set, breaking Cirstea three times to close it out.

Danish second seed Caroline Wozniacki beat Spaniard Lara Arruabarrena 6-4 6-1, while Ukrainian fourth seed Elina Svitolina defeated German Mona Barthel 6-4 6-3.

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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