Serena sets up Indian Wells showdown with sister Venus

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Pic: EPA (Serena Williams will take on her sister Venus in a competitive match for the 29th time) Serena Williams will play her sister Venus in the third round at Indian Wells as she continues her comeback after the birth of her child. "It was looking scary in the second set so it was good to pull it out", Venus said.

"Everything is a bonus", Serena explained after the second-round fixture, but added she "would prefer to play someone else, anybody else, literally anybody else" rather than her sister.

"I'm just so happy to be out here", Serena Williams said.

But a high unforced error count from Williams opened the door for Bertens, who consolidated the break to love with a hold of her own - completed with an ace for a 3-1 lead.

She continued: "I really abhor every time we play, but I do enjoy the battle when I'm out there".

Elsewhere in the women's event, second seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark came through her match against Lara Arruabarrena of Spain by a comfortable 6-4, 6-1 scoreline.

Venus said it looked like her sister had never been away.

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. She was ousted in the first round itself at Indian Wells by Naomi Osaka.

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

Serena and Venus Williams will meet again Monday at Indian Wells in the third round.

"(I was) just trying to work the point, do what it takes to win the point.

It will be the earliest meeting between the two since their first professional match in the second round of the 1998 Australian Open.

Venus in an earlier match had beaten Romania Sorana Cirstea 6-3 6-4.

2017 ATP World Finals victor Grigor Dimitrov was stunned by Spain's Fernando Verdasco 6-7, 6-4, 3-6 to bow out.

Elina Svitolina and Carlone Garcia Advanced, and defending champion Elena Vesnina opened her title defense with a win over American CiCi Bellis.

Fifth-seeded Dominic Thiem fired 10 aces to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 6-2, 3-6, 6-3; No. 7 Kevin Anderson defeated Evgeny Donskoy 7-5, 6-4; and No. 12 Tomas Berdych rolled past German Maximilian Marterer 6-1, 6-4 in just over an hour.

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