Serena Williams continues to win in BNP Paribas Open

My story wasn't over- Serena Williams glad to be back

The 23 time Grand Slam victor Serena, playing her first tournament for 14 months following the birth of her child, beat Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands by a 7-6, 7-5 scoreline in her second round match at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden to set up the tie with her older sister and eighth seed Venus.

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

There was conjecture that her withdrawal had been a family arrangement and Russia's Elena Dementieva said after her quarter-final loss to Venus that she believed the sisters' father and coach, Richard Williams, decided who would win their matches.

"It takes me a few games, a few matches before hopefully you get it where you want it to be", said the number eight seed after her first match in a month.

"I'm really happy that I won this first-round match". But I have to play a seed regardless, sooner than later most times for the next couple of tournaments, so I have to be ready. She fell behind 1-3 early in the second set but rallied by holding serve in the fifth game and won four of the final five games of the second set, breaking Cirstea three times to close it out. "Just have to go out there and see how I am and do my best".

Venus beat Sorona Cirstea of Romania in her second-round match 6-3 6-4.

"Obviously I wish it was anybody else in the draw, literally anybody, but that's okay", she said.

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Serena Williams owns a 17-11 record against Venus Williams, having taken the most recent matchup in the final at Melbourne past year.

Serena was already pregnant with daughter Alexis Olympia, who was born on 1 September, when she beat Venus 6-4 6-4 in Melbourne.

After Serena defeated Clijsters, she did not return to Indian Wells until 2015, while Venus did not end her boycott until the following year. "Whether I win or lose, there's so much more to my life".

Wild card Danielle Collins defeated U.S. Open finalist Madison Keys 6-3, 7-6 (1) to continue a string of upsets.

Defending champion Elena Vesnina of Russian Federation also moved into the third round after she beat American Catherine Bellis 2-6 6-1 6-1.

Roger Federer led Federico Delbonis of Argentina 6-3, 2-2 when their match was delayed by a heavy drizzle 56 minutes after it began.

On the men's side, No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov was upset by Fernando Verdasco 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-3 and No. 16 Fabio Fognini went down against Jeremy Chardy 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4.

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