Venus Williams moves into third round at BNP Paribas Open

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"I don't think I have a favorite match (against Venus)", Serena Williams said. Venus preceded her younger sister on the stadium court and beat Sorana Cirstea of Romania 6-3, 6-4.

"Obviously I wish it was anybody else in the draw, literally anybody, but that's okay", she said.

Venus said it looked like her sister had never been away. Venus did not end her boycott until the following year.

"My comeback could not have come on a better day and I decided I wanted to do something different let you all be a part of my long journey back", she added.

Serena Williams celebrates winning her first singles match since the birth of her child.

Americans Serena and Venus Williams will play each other in the third round of the Indian Wells Masters in California after seeing off competition in their matches today.

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The two players were then tied at two games each in the second set before play was called off for rain.

In the second round of a major tournament in Indian wells Serena Williams will play against tennis player from the Netherlands, Kiki Bertens. 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.

Fans accused the siblings and their father Richard of being duplicitous, leading to Serena being booed during her finals encounter against Kim Clijsters. "It definitely wasn't easy but it was good", she shared. I really abhor every time we play, but I do enjoy the battle when I'm out there. Riding on her momentum, the Dutch had the golden opportunity to extend her lead but failed to convert her chances as Williams sent in several well-placed serves to lessen the deficit.

Her average first- and second-serve speeds were superior to Williams's on Saturday, and she tried and failed to serve for the opening set before Williams eventually prevailed in a tiebreaker.

Serena, 36 and vying to become the first woman to win three Indian Wells titles, clinched the victory against Bertens on her second match point when Bertens blasted a forehand wide. "It's just afterwards I don't like it as much". Serena won 54 percent of her second-serve points and broke Bertens's serve six times.

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