Wil­liams sis­ters set up an­other clash

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - SPORT -

TEN­NIS: The Wil­liams sis­ters will face off for the first time since the 2017 Aus­tralian Open fi­nal af­ter Ser­ena saw off Kiki Bertens 7-6 (7/5) 7-5 in the sec­ond round of the BNP Paribas Open at In­dian Wells.

It will be the 29th time the Amer­i­cans have met each other on the WTA Tour, as the younger of the sis­ters plays in her first com­pet­i­tive tour­na­ment since the birth of her daugh­ter last Septem­ber.

Ser­ena Wil­liams found her­self down 5-3 in the first set, but broke back as the set went into a tie-break which she took on the last of four set-points.

Bertens, ranked 29, was bro­ken in the sec­ond as Wil­liams served for the match at 5-4, but the next three games all went against serve. Wil­liams, 15-40 down at 6-5 and serv­ing for the match, held out to take the match in one hour 53 min­utes.

Ear­lier on the same court, eighth seed Venus Wil­liams saw off So­rana Cirstea of Ro­ma­nia 6-3 6-4, while last year’s US Open run­ner-up Madi­son Keys lost to Danielle Collins 6-3 7-6 (7/1). Fourth seed Elina Svi­tolina reached the third round by beat­ing Mona Barthel of Ger­many 6-4 6-3, while de­fend­ing cham­pion Elena Ves­nina dropped the first set to Cather­ine Bel­lis but bat­tled back to tri­umph 2-6 6-1 6-1.

Aus­tralian Open cham­pion Caro­line Woz­ni­acki also ad­vanced, cour­tesy of a 6-4 6-1 vic­tory over Lara Ar­ru­abar­rena.

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