Serena sets up showdown with sister

Jessica Allison
March 13, 2018

But, after two straight-set wins at Indian Wells, a highly-anticipated and hoped-for showdown is happening.

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.

Venus closed out the 29th career meeting between the two on her second match point as Serena sailed a forehand long to end the third round match.

It was Venus' seventh appearance in the California desert, and third since 2001, after an absence of 15 years.

INDIAN WELLS-It wasn't magnificent tennis, by any stretch.

Many points, for both players, were the result of errors: balls that went wide or long or in the net.

It was an unfamiliar situation for Serena, with Venus responding to everything thrown at her, including a pair of break points, which she saved. "Seventeen years seems like forever ago".

Venus and Serena are scheduled to face each other after 2 p.m. ET on Monday, live on the Tennis Channel and streaming online at WatchESPN. Serena leads Venus 17-11 all-time and has won eight of their last nine meetings, most recently the Australian Open final previous year.

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

She will play Daria Kasatkina of Russian Federation after she outplayed Sloane Stephens (15) 6-4, 6-3.

Venus is enjoying a resurgence on the Tour after a string of injuries limited her playing time for several seasons.

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

"She gave me the trophy because I was so upset. I don't think my dad wants me to ever stop playing", the 37-year-old, seven-time Grand Slam champion said.

Venus continued where she left off in the second set, breaking in the opening game before doing so again for a commanding 3-0 lead. Then, it just happened, and I was like, 'I don't know.' I just dove right in.

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