Indian Wells | Williams sisters to face each other
The match that everyone, especially native Americans, have been waiting for is come about on Monday as both the Williams sisters secured places in the third round of the Indian Wells WTA mandatory event.
Obviously I wish it was anybody else in the draw, literally anybody, but that’s okay. Just have to go out there and see how I am and do my best Serena Williams
Venus seeded 8, overwhelmed Sorana Cirstea 6-3 64 while the younger sibling, Seren, unseeded as she is making a comeback following her time off since Melbourne 2017 on maternity leave, ousted the 29th seeded Kiki Bertens 7-6(5) 7-5Venus’ match was comfortable unlike sister’s win as Serena admitted.
“She started out really strong,” the 36-year-old said. “I was (thinking) I’ve just got to keep going and do the best I can.”
She added: “I’m getting there. I have a long way to go. I have such a long way to go. It definitely felt better than the first round, but I’m still a little rusty. I’m still making errors that I don’t normally make. I call this a trial run, of travelling with the baby and all of this is just so new to me.”
“I’m just happy to be out here. Everything is a bonus.”
The sisters have met 28 times in their professional careers with Serena leading the head-to-head 17-11 but despite holding a psychological advantage, the 36-year-old is not looking forward to their 29th meeting.
“She’s had such a good year last year and playing fantastic tennis. But I have to play a seed regardless, sooner than later most times for the next couple of tournaments.
“So I have to be ready. Whether it’s Venus or anyone else, it’s going to be someone.
Obviously I wish it was anybody else in the draw, literally anybody, but that’s okay. Just have to go out there and see how I am and do my best.”
She continued: “I really abhor every time we play, but I do enjoy the battle when I’m out there. It’s just afterwards I don’t like it as much.”
Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki also booked her third-round place with a 6-4 6-1 victory over Lara Arruabarrena in 87- minutes. The Dane dropped just 11 points in nine service games and faced just one break point in what was an impressive performance.
“It was definitely not an easy match,” the world No 2 said. “The courts are extremely slow and the bounce is extremely high. You definitely have to grind out there. There are no easy points.”
Wozniacki will take on Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the third round after the Belarusian beat 28th seed Anett Kontaveit 6-2 6-4.
Defending champion Elena Vesnina also progressed as she saw off American CiCi Bellis 2-6 6-1 6-1; fourth seed Elina Svitolina beat Mona Barthel 6-4 6-3 and the 12th ranked Julia Goerges beat Natalia Vikhlyantseva 6-4 6-1.
Two-time Grand Slam winner Angelique Kerber was also out on the court when the weather turned forcing a halt to play. The 10th seed will have to dig deep when the match resumes having lost the first set 6-3.