Serena Williams continues to win in BNP Paribas Open

I wish it was anybody else in the draw' said Serena Williams as she set up a third round match against sister Venus

Vickery will face Naomi Osaka, who upset Aggie Radwanska after defeating Maria Sharapova in the first round.

And the 36-year-old backed that up with a battling display, which lasted nearly two hours against the spirited Dutchwoman, despite tallying 34 unforced errors. He'll be replaced by lucky loser Matteo Berrettini.

Serena Williams competes against her sister Venus in a mouth-watering Indian Wells third round showdown after her return from a 14-month absence.

Serena's WTA Tour comeback continued yesterday after the 23-time grand slam champion outlasted big-hitting Kiki Bertens 7-6 (7-5) 7-5.

"She looked like she never lost a step", she said.

The sisters will resume their longtime rivalry on Monday.

The 30-second ad shows clips of Williams from her early days on the court up until recently as she leaps, jumps and famously splits across the court to victory. While Venus dispatched Romanian Sorona Cirstea 6-3 6-4 to set up the first-time clash.

Daria Gavrilova is also through to the third round after a straight-sets victory over Yanina Wickmayer.

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

Serena Williams lunges to return a backhand to Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands during her second round victory
JEFF GROSS GETTY IMAGES Serena Williams lunges to return a backhand to Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands during her second round victory

Prior to her return to professional tennis, she has played in two minor matches - an exhibition game in Abu Dhabi last December and a doubles rubber to represent the US Fed Cup team against the Netherlands in February.

Defending champ Roger Federer's opening match was put on hold on Saturday when play was suspended after heavy rain swept through the California desert. "It definitely wasn't easy but it was good", she shared.

Venus in an earlier match had beaten Romania Sorana Cirstea 6-3 6-4.

Dimitrov continues to struggle in Indian Wells. The No. 15 seed was mistake-prone throughout the second-round match, committing five unforced errors in the tiebreaker.

It wasn't a vintage performance for Williams with just one ace and only 59 percent of her service points won, but she excelled in other areas. No. 1 seed Simona Halep has won a title at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in 2015.

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

2017 ATP World Finals victor Grigor Dimitrov was stunned by Spain's Fernando Verdasco 6-7, 6-4, 3-6 to bow out.

There were no such problems for fifth seed Dominic Thiem of Austria as he beat Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.



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