Williams sisters set up clash at Indian Wells

From ESPN - March 10, 2018

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Serena Williams and sister Venus won at the BNP Paribas Open to set up a third-round clash in the desert tournament.

Serena got by No. 29 seed Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 7-6 (5), 7-5 in the second round on Saturday in her return from a 14-month absence after giving birth to her first child. Venus preceded her younger sister on the stadium court and beat Sorana Cirstea of Romania 6-3, 6-4.

The sisters will resume their longtime rivalry on Monday. Serena leads Venus 17-11 all time and has won eight of their last nine meetings, most recently the Australian Open final last year.

"Obviously I wish it was anybody else in the draw, literally anybody, but that's OK," Serena said. "Just have to go out there and see how I am and do my best."

Wild card Danielle Collins defeated US Open finalist Madison Keys 6-3, 7-6 (1) to continue a string of upsets.

Keys has not made it past the fourth round at Indian Wells in eight tries. The No. 15 seed was mistake-prone throughout the second-round match, committing five unforced errors in the tiebreaker.

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


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