Serena sets up Indian Wells showdown with sister Venus

Serena sets up Indian Wells showdown with sister Venus

I don't know how I even won the [tournament], and I said I literally can't play the final.' She also added, 'I have played over 20 years and I have always been extremely honest and that is one thing I take pride in especially having a daughter and having a kid. This year, Williams opted out of the Australian Open as she thought her body was not yet ready for a huge tournament.

But when Richard Williams and Venus Williams arrived at the stadium two days later to watch Serena Williams play the 2001 final against Kim Clijsters, they were met with a chorus of boos from the crowd of almost 16,000 as the father and his daughter walked down the stairs to their courtside seats. No matter what happens I know I'm capable of being strong in my life.

Williams, with husband and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian looking on, was only two points from dropping the opening set but showed the sort of poise that earned her 23 Grand Slam singles titles. Serena was not at her best, but she looked nowhere near her worst.

It was Venus' seventh appearance in the California desert, and third since 2001, after an absence of 15 years.

Despite her status at the top of the rankings, Halep is yet to win a grand slam - losing in the Australian Open final earlier this year - and she says that must now be her priority.

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"It's an incredible feeling to be back playing and having fun". "So it's definitely a lot easier to play later on". "Now that she is not dominating, women's tennis is more interesting". Both Venus and Serena won second round matches on Saturday.

Diyas and Williams traded service breaks early in the second set.

Eventually, Bertens managed to take a 5-4 lead and was serving for the first set.

In other women's matches, world number two Caroline Wozniacki steamed her way into the third round with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Lara Arruabarrena, wild card Danielle Collins surprised fellow American Madison Keys 6-3, 7-6 (9/7) and seventh seeded Caroline Garcia cruised past Jennifer Brady 6-4, 6-4.

Serena Williams made an impressive return to court on Thursday, March 8, after winning against Kazakhstan's Zarina Diyas.