In the first singles tournament of her comeback, Serena Williams will pick up where she left off by facing her older sister Venus in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open. "It was looking scary in the second set so it was good to pull it out", Venus said. Bertens then broke again and served for the first set at 5-4 but a titanic effort from Williams saw her fight back, and send it into a tie-break which she duly won on her third set point. Serena won 54 percent of her second-serve points and broke Bertens's serve six times.
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's playing really well and just honing her game".
2017 ATP World Finals victor Grigor Dimitrov was stunned by Spain's Fernando Verdasco 6-7, 6-4, 3-6 to bow out.
"I'm just happy to be out here".
"Obviously I wish it was anybody else in the draw, literally anybody, but that's O.K.", Serena Williams said of their latest rematch.
Serena Williams owns a 17-11 record against Venus Williams, having taken the most recent matchup in the final at Melbourne a year ago. Serena has clawed her way into competitive form following a 14-month layoff after giving birth to her daughter Alexis Ohanian Jr. "Whether I win or lose, there's so much more to my life".
2018 Australian Open champion and second seed Caroline Wozniacki moved into the 3rd round at Indian Wells after defeating Lara Arruabarrena 6-4, 6-1.
Serena Williams was ragged at times but used her power to wear down the Dutch 29th seed in Indian Wells, California.
The fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina cruised to a 6-4 6-3 win over Mona Barthel.
Also moving into the third round was defending champion Elena Vesnina, who beat American Catherine Bellis 2-6 6-1 6-1.
The start of the match had been delayed several minutes by light rain in a precursor of worse weather to come.
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.
Fifth-seeded Dominic Thiem defeated teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in a second-round match.