Venus Williams moves into third round at BNP Paribas Open

Victoria Azarenka

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.

The 36-year-old Serena took centre stage as she needed just under two hours to dispatch Bertens, of the Netherlands, 7-6 (7/5), 7-5 here, Saturday.

"She looked like she never lost a step", Venus said.

"It was unbelievable. I haven't played more than a year, my daughter was born, and now I need to go to her". Serena won 54 percent of her second-serve points and broke Bertens's serve six times.

"But I have to play a seed regardless, sooner than later most times for the next couple of tournaments".

Venus in her new conference, talked about where Serena's game is right now coming back from having a baby: "She's playing really well and just honing her game". "Just have to go out there and see how I am and do my best". She takes a career head-to-head record over Venus of 17-11 into their third-round clash.

"Obviously, I wish it was anybody else in the draw, literally anybody, but that's OK", Serena said. "I have such a long way to go", said Serena who is playing her first WTA event since the 2017 Australian Open.

Australian Open - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia - early 29/1/17 Serena Williams of the US poses with the Women's singles trophy after winning her final match.

Serena - a two-time champion at Indian Wells - was far from her free-flowing best against Bertens Saturday but she battled past the Dutchman after nearly two hours on court.

Also moving into the third round was Caroline Wozniaki, the Danish second seed recording a routine 6-4 6-1 win over Lara Arruabarrena.

Serena Williams, of the United States, waves and leaves the court after defeating Zarina Diyas, of Kazakhstan, during the first round of the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament in Indian Wells, Calif., Thursday, March 8, 2018.

Men's world number 1 and 20-times Slam champion Roger Federer was made to wait after taking a 6-3 lead against Argentine Federico Delbonis.

Saturday night rain caused the suspension of one women's singles match and the postponement of another. 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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