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Serena And Venus Williams Meet After 14-Year Tournament Boycott

13 March 2018

Not only is Venus now more match fit - this is her 13th WTA event over the past 12 months, and Serena's first - but the earlier in the tournament they play each other, the more it has favoured Venus.

"She's had such a good year last year and playing fantastic tennis", Serena said of her sister.

Venus is 5-4 against Serena when they meet before the semi-finals.

"I would prefer to play someone else, anybody else, literally anybody else, but it has to happen now and one of us will be going home", Serena said about the upcoming match.

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It is Serena that holds the better of the head-to-head between the siblings, with 17 wins to her name compared to Venus' 11. But, after two straight-set wins at Indian Wells, a highly-anticipated and hoped-for showdown is happening.

"Everything is a bonus", said Serena after winning in one hour, 52 minutes on her second match point.

Venus and Serena were set to play against each other in the semi-finals of the tournament that year however Venus withdrew moments before that game with an elbow injury. The tennis ace gave birth to her first child on September 1 previous year and this is her first professional tennis tournament post Australian Open 2017, in which she had clinched the title.

Venus, 37, and Serena have faced each other 28 times in their storied careers and this will be their first encounter since she beat Venus 6-4, 6-4 in the 2017 Australian Open final - Serena's last match before her maternity layoff. "Great way to come back".

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WatchESPN: ESPN3 will also have coverage of each individual court at Indian Wells, meaning you may be able to watch this match (Stadium 1) on your computer via ESPN.com, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the WatchESPN app.

Charlie Pasarell, then the tournament director, said in the same USA Today story that he didn't discount Richard Williams was racially abused. Serena Williams, however, is back on court after surviving a post-natal ordeal, which she said nearly took her life away. That's totally gone out of my mind.

In 2015 Serena returned however the tournament will always bring back tough memories for both.

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Serena And Venus Williams Meet After 14-Year Tournament Boycott