Venus Williams moves into third round at BNP Paribas Open

  • Venus Williams moves into third round at BNP Paribas Open

Venus Williams moves into third round at BNP Paribas Open

Serena Williams, however, is back on court after surviving a post-natal ordeal, which she said nearly took her life away. Venus last beat Serena in the semifinals of the Rogers Cup in 2014, in a two-hour, three-set match.

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

The sisters were due to play each other in the semi-finals of the 2001 edition of the tournament, however, Venus pulled out with injury just four minutes before the match. The announcement drew boos from fans, who expressed doubt that she was indeed injured. 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.

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

"The false allegations that our matches were fixed hurt, cut and ripped into us deeply", Serena Williams wrote in a 2015 column published on the website announcing that would return to the tournament that year, ending a 14-year boycott. "The undercurrent of racism was painful, confusing and unfair", she wrote.

Presently unseeded Serena was the world No.1 when she began her long vacation from the game, following her victory at the 2017 Australian Open, where she was already expecting daughter Alexis Olympia, who was born in September.

After her second round win over Kiki Bertens, Serena said she "would prefer to play someone else, anybody else, literally anybody else, but it has to happen now".

According to TMZ, Williams a filed legal documents to trademark "Aneres" (Serena spelled backwards-in case you didn't notice) for another fashion line. "Seventeen years seems like forever ago".

The early meeting is the result of Serena Williams being unranked and not being among the tournament's 32 seeded female players because of her maternity leave. 'We can always stay in the tournament longer if the both of us are in the tournament. And having to play each other in the third round, one of us is going to be gone.

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

Serena and Venus Williams have been battling it out on the WTA Tour for 20 years, and they meet yet again on Monday in the third round at Indian Wells.