Venus Williams moves into third round at BNP Paribas Open

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She got her first win of the year against Sorana Cirstea (6-3, 6-4) on Saturday, but she couldn't have gotten a much more hard third-round draw, as she's lost three straight and five of the last six against the 23-time Grand Slam victor.

The seven-time Grand Slam champion won her opening match on Saturday held at Indian Wells, California, in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4, and now faces the victor between her younger sister Serena Williams, 36, and No. 29 seed Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands in the next round, reports Xinhua news agency.

Indian Wells marks Serena's first WTA sanctioned tournament in 14 months after she gave birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., on the first of September previous year.

Collins, ranked 116th and making her first appearance in the main draw, is just starting her second year on the WTA Tour.

After the 2001 Indian Wells showpiece, Serena boycotted the tournament for 13 years.

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. "Great way to come back". After that, she's lost all three matches to Serena - including last year's Australian Open final.

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Barring any late surprises, the two will indeed square off for the 29th time Monday and Serena, now 36, did recall their first duel in Compton, the Los Angeles suburb about 130 miles west of Indian Wells where the siblings grew up. "Just have to go out there and see how I am and do my best".

"It's a huge difference to play her in the semi-finals or even the quarter-finals or a final as opposed to the third round". In fact, it's the first time they've met before the Round of 16 since their very first head-to-head matchup more than 20 years ago.

You know, we can always stay in the tournament longer if, you know, the both of us are in the tournament.

"I still have a lot to give. So it is what it is", the 23-time grand slam champion said. Serena leads 17-11 - and has claimed five of their past six meetings.

Elsewhere on Saturday, fourth seeded Elina Svitolina defeated Germany's Mona Barthel 6-4, 6-3.

The third-round match will start around 10 p.m. ET.

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