Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Serena Williams dreading showdown with Venus

Serena Williams dreading showdown with Venus

Serena Williams now faces her elder sister Venus Williams, who has won over No. 35 Romania's Sorana Cirstea on the same afternoon.

She featured in an exhibition match in Dubai and lost to Ostapenko and also played doubles with sister Venus in the Fed Cup.

After finding out she was playing her sister in the next round, Serena said: "I would prefer to play someone else, anybody else, literally anybody else, but it has to happen now".

"I'm just so happy to be out here", Serena Williams said.

It was a blistering encounter between the 23-time Grand Slam champion and Bertens, who was a former French Open semi-finalist. "So it is what it is", said Serena.

"But I have to play a seed regardless, sooner than later most times for the next couple of tournaments".

The first set could have gone either way as Bertens troubled Williams, though the Dutchman's serve proved to be her downfall.

The first serve continued to be Williams' weapon, throwing her opponent off with a 100mph ace to go 40-0 in the second game. She was ousted in the first round itself at Indian Wells by Naomi Osaka.

Australian Open - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia - early 29/1/17 Serena Williams of the US poses with the Women's singles trophy after winning her final match.

The sisters first played each other in the second round of the 1998 Australian Open, which Venus won 7-6 (7/4), 6-1.

At the end of 2017 she had won three ITF titles completing her first full year as a touring pro.

In other matches Saturday, defending champion Elena Vesnina eliminated American CiCi Bellis 2-6, 6-1, 6-1; No. 4 seed Elina Svitolina beat Mona Barthel 6-4, 6-3; No. 12 Julia Goerges defeated Natalia Vikhlyantseva 6-4, 6-1; No. 27 Carla Suarez Navarro beat Su-Wei Hsieh 6-4, 2-6, 6-3; and No. 26 Daria Gavrilova dismissed Yanina Wickmayer 7-6 (3), 6-2.

She is not yet in prime form, not yet in prime shape, but in her first two matches she has proved she still has staying power, coming to the net effectively, something she appears to be emphasizing in this comeback, and playing the crucial points with trademark intensity.

The most surprising result of the day in the men's was third seed Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov's 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 defeat to unseeded Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco in this ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event.

She joined American upset winners Sachia Vickery, who beat No. 3 seed Garbine Muguruza; 16-year-old wild card Amanda Anisimova, who beat No. 23 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova; and wild-card teenager Caroline Dolehide, a three-set victor over No. 30 Dominika Cibulkova on Friday.

Fifteenth seeded Madison Keys failed to get past world No. 117 Danielle Collins 6-3, 7-6 (1).

Austrian fifth seed Dominic Thiem beat Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

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