The Williams Sisters rivalry continues Monday, 3 matches into Serena's comeback


"I think it's a huge difference to play her in the semifinals or even the quarterfinals or a final as opposed to a third round", Serena said.

"I mean, she looked like she never lost a step", Venus said of her younger sister. That's totally gone out of my mind.

"I wish it was anybody else in the draw, literally anybody, but that's OK, " Serena Williams said at a news conference Saturday after her 7-6 (5), 7-5 second-round victory over 29th-seeded Kiki Bertens of Netherlands that set up the match-up at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. First of all, 17 years ago seems like forever ago.

Williams has said she spent "hours crying in the Indian Wells locker room" after the final, and would not return to the tournament until 2015. Williams recently filed a trademark request for the name Aneres (the name of her clothing line and also Serena spelled backward) for a beauty brand with multiple product categories that could include skin care, fragrance, lipstick, eye shadow, mascara and makeup-removing products, among others.

Serena Williams will face off against her sister Venus Williams on Monday night at Indian Wells in California. "Great way to come back". It will be their earliest match-up at a top-tier tournament since their first encounter, Venus downing Serena at the 1998 Australian Open in the second round.

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Monday's match marks the 29th meeting between the two sisters over their careers. But, after two straight-set wins at Indian Wells, a highly-anticipated and hoped-for showdown is happening.

Serena, unseeded in the wake of her long layoff, admitted she would have preferred not to come up against her sister so soon in the draw. And I go, 'Serena, you're doing good, you're doing good no matter what. "I don't think my dad wants me to ever stop playing", the 37-year-old, seven-time Grand Slam champion said.

You know, we can always stay in the tournament longer if, you know, the both of us are in the tournament. Serena leads 17-11 - and has claimed five of their past six meetings.

Danish second seed Caroline Wozniacki beat Spaniard Lara Arruabarrena 6-4 6-1, while Ukrainian fourth seed Elina Svitolina defeated German Mona Barthel 6-4 6-3.