Serena wins again, sets up sisters match

Halep Tennis is 'more interesting&apos without a dominant Serena

The 23 time Grand Slam victor Serena, playing her first tournament for 14 months following the birth of her child, beat Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands by a 7-6, 7-5 scoreline in her second round match at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden to set up the tie with her older sister and eighth seed Venus. "I mean, she looked like she never lost a step", Venus said of her younger sister.

Now, she and her sister will face each other for the first time at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, 17 years after a match that they were scheduled to play here failed to materialize.

She is not yet in prime form, not yet in prime shape, but in her first two matches she has proved she still has staying power, coming to the net effectively, something she appears to be emphasizing in this comeback, and playing the crucial points with trademark intensity.

They have faced each other repeatedly at the other most significant American tournaments, five times at the United States Open, four times in Key Biscayne, Fla., at the tournament now known as the Miami Open. Unexpectedly, it was Bertens who made the first breakthrough as she claimed three games on the trot, playing some outstanding tennis as she was able to force errors from the American.

Venus beat Sorona Cirstea of Romania in her second-round match 6-3 6-4.

Serena, who gave birth to her first child six months ago, has not played a full tournament since the 2017 Australian Open when she was in the early stages of her pregnancy with daughter Alexis. "I would prefer to play someone else, anybody else, literally anybody else, but it has to happen now".

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On Monday, Serena and Venus will meet for the 29th time.

"It definitely felt better than the first round, but I'm still a little rusty. It's just afterwards I don't like it as much".

The fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina dropped the first set to Mona Barthel before she charged home to win 2-6 6-1- 6-1.

Indian Wells: Rain played spoilsport as Roger Federer's return to the men's section of the BNP Paribas Open was interrupted during his second round match against Federico Delbonis.

She was joined by defending champion Elena Vesnina, who survived a scare to progress 2-6, 6-1, 6-1 against Catherine Bellis.

Fifth-seeded Dominic Thiem defeated teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in a second-round match. However, in the time when play was possible Spaniard Fernando Verdasco used his powerful serve to upset third seed Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-3.

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