Serena would rather face "anyone else" besides Venus

Kenny Tucker
March 13, 2018

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This will be the 29th time the sisters have played each other in a Women's Tennis Association match and first since the final of last year's Australian Open, when Serena Williams was a 6-4, 6-4 victor.

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

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.

In the 28 matches played, Serena has won 17 times compared to Venus' 11 victories.

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"I literally didn't even think about it", Serena replied, when asked whether she was happy the match would finally get to take place. "Seventeen years seems like forever ago". 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.

"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. You know, we can always stay in the tournament longer if the both of us are in the tournament", Serena said. "It's actually something that I really enjoy and that I have a lot of fun with", she told Vogue in 2015. "Great way to come back".

Talking about competing in the upcoming Grand Slams tournament, Serena was quoted as saying, "If I want to play in those grand slams and play well then now is the ideal time to start".

The 23-year-old Svitolina advances to the third round where she will face Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro who beat Hsieh Su-Wei, of Taiwan, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.

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

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