Serena Williams dreading showdown with sister Venus

American star and 23-time grand slam champion Serena Williams (Getty Pictures)

Former world No. 1 Serena Williams needs she was dealing with “actually anyone” aside from her older sister Venus within the third spherical at Indian Wells.

Serena’s WTA Tour comeback continued Saturday after the 23-time grand slam champion outlasted huge-hitting Kiki Bertens 7-6 (7-5), 7-5.

The 36-yr-previous American star’s victory arrange an all-Williams affair within the subsequent spherical, with the siblings set to satisfy for the primary time since Serena beat Venus within the 2017 Australian Open remaining.

“She’s had such an excellent yr final yr and enjoying incredible tennis,” Serena Williams – unseeded for the event – advised reporters looking forward to the match. “However I’ve to play a seed regardless, before later most occasions for the subsequent couple of tournaments.

“So I’ve to be prepared. Whether or not it is Venus or anybody else, it should be somebody.

“Clearly I want it was anyone else within the draw, actually anyone, however that is okay. Simply need to go on the market and see how I’m and do my greatest.”

“I actually abhor each time we play, however I do benefit from the battle once I’m on the market,” she continued. “It is simply afterwards I do not prefer it as a lot.”

Serena – a two-time champion at Indian Wells – was removed from her free-flowing greatest towards Bertens Saturday however she battled previous the Dutchman after virtually two hours on courtroom.

Again in the primary draw of a event for the primary time since reigning supreme at Melbourne Park final yr, having given start to daughter Alexis Olympia in September, Serena managed to see off the spirited Bertens following 22 winners and 34 unforced errors.

“I am getting there. I’ve an extended solution to go. I’ve such an extended method to go,” Williams stated.

“It undoubtedly felt higher than the primary spherical, however I am nonetheless a bit rusty. I am nonetheless making errors that I do not usually make. I name this a trial run, of touring with the child and all of that is simply so new to me.”