Serena Williams resumed his career

Serena Williams resumed his career

Serena Williams continues her run at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, edging 26 year-old Dutch Kiki Bertens in two sets, 7-6 (5), 7-5, to book a date with her sister, Venus Williams, in the third round.

The 36-year-old American star's victory set up an all-Williams affair in the next round, with the siblings set to meet for the first time since Serena beat Venus in the 2017 Australian Open final.

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

And Williams brought up three set points in the tie-break and she converted the third when Bertens sprayed a forehand well wide of the line. "I definitely don't have a favorite match".

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.

Following the game, Williams admitted that she was a "little rusty".

Ekaterina Makarova of Russian Federation led 10th-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-3 when their match was stopped in the opening game of the second set with Kerber holding a break point.

"I'm getting there", Serena said of play in her return on the court.

But after Serena Williams defeated Clijsters to win her second singles title at Indian Wells, she did not return to the tournament until 2015.

"Obviously I wish it was anybody else in the draw, literally anybody, but that's O.K.", Serena Williams said of their latest rematch. She takes a career head-to-head record over Venus of 17-11 into their third-round clash. "It's just afterwards I don't like it as much".

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

Other second-round winners Saturday included second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine, seventh-seeded Caroline Garcia of France and 12th-seeded Julia Goerges of Germany. The match got suspended for the day due to rain.

On the men's side, No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov was upset by Fernando Verdasco 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-3 and No. 16 Fabio Fognini went down against Jeremy Chardy 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4.

Thiem moved through to a third-round meeting with 30th seed Pablo Cuevas, of Uruguay, who beat Canadian Denis Shapovalov 7-6 (7/4), 6-3.

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