Serena vs Venus, tennis' greatest sibling rivalry resumes at Indian Wells

Serena vs Venus, tennis' greatest sibling rivalry resumes at Indian Wells

Reigning US Open champion Sloane Stephens says this wasn't the statement she had hoped for in her first tournament in the U.S. since winning her maiden Grand Slam title.

Serena was facing Kim Clijsters and although she won, fans cheered her double fault early in the match and appeared to be behind the Belgian player.

Other women in the draw are world No.1 Simona Halep, reigning Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki; seven-time Grand Slam victor Venus Williams; 2017 U.S. Open finalist Madison Keys; two-time Grand Slam victor GarbiƱe Muguruza and reigning US Open champion Sloane Stephens.

Serena had break point at 5-4, but the dream comeback was not meant to be as Venus won the next three points to take the match. "Maybe I'll write everything down and rank them so that I know what to work on first going into Miami".

She bested Zarina Diyas in straight sets in her opener, a round that Venus didn't even play in due to being seeded and getting a first-round bye.

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Still showing some rust from her long layoff, Serena hit just one ace and made 37 unforced errors to 32 for Bertens. "Seventeen years seems like forever ago".

The match is scheduled for "not before 7pm PST" which is 2am GMT on Tuesday, March 13 - the Williams sisters are set to follow Fernando Verdasco vs Taylor Fritz on Stadium 1. Serena Williams, however, is back on court after surviving a post-natal ordeal, which she said nearly took her life away.

It will be their 29th match against each other, but first ever at the BNP Paribas Open.

Venus, seeded eighth, reached the Wimbledon final, the US Open semi-finals and the championship match of the WTA Finals while Serena was away from the tour. "We can always stay in the tournament longer if the both of us are in the tournament". I'm not where I'm going to be, but I'll get there eventually... You know, she just did everything great. I love it. I love her so much.