Serena sets up showdown with sister

Serena sets up showdown with sister

The tennis ace gave birth to her first child on September 1 a year ago and this is her first professional tennis tournament post Australian Open 2017, in which she had clinched the title.

They met for the first time in the second round of the 1998 Australian Open which Venus won 7-6 (7/4), 6-1.

With 28 previous meetings and a 29th on the way, Venus and Serena have never played anyone else as much - Serena's next-most-played opponents are Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova (21 times each) and Venus' next-most-played opponent is Lindsay Davenport (27 times).

Asked about the semi-final match that never happened, Serena said she has tried to forget.

While her business experience includes several endorsement deals through brands like Nike and Gatorade, she also serves as a minority owner of the Miami Dolphins alongside her tennis-playing sister, Venus Williams.

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The American who already has two Indian Wells title is vying to become the first woman to make it three here clinched her victory on the second match point when Bertens blasted a forehand as she broke the Dutch's serve six times.

Fans who felt cheated of a chance to see the siblings play, thinking it was a tactic orchestrated by their father Richard, booed Serena during her final triumph against Kim Clijsters. She has won both her matches in straight sets.

According to TMZ, Williams a filed legal documents to trademark "Aneres" (Serena spelled backwards-in case you didn't notice) for another fashion line. Venus enjoyed a resurgent 2017 season, but she began this year with losses to Angelique Kerber in Syndey and Belinda Bencic at the Australian Open. In other matches, fifth seed Dominic Thiem beat Greek 19-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 while South African seventh seed Kevin Anderson overcame Russian Evgeny Donskoy 7-5, 6-4. "We have a great little family going on".

Over the years, the two sisters have played out some memorable encounters but this one is surely the most unique of the lot.

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