Williams sisters to meet at Indian Wells after Serena outlasts Kiki Bertens

Former world primary Serena Williams (Getty Pictures)

Serena Williams and her aggressive comeback continued at Indian Wells because the 23-time grand slam champion earned a memorable third-spherical showdown with sister Venus.

It was removed from an ideal efficiency however former world No. 1 Serena managed to outlast Kiki Bertens 7-6 (7-5), 7-5 Saturday.

Williams gave delivery to daughter Alexis Olympia in September and Thursday noticed the American celebrity again in a most important draw of a WTA occasion for the primary time since profitable the 2017 Australian Open in Melbourne.

And the 36-yr-previous backed that up with a battling show, which lasted virtually two hours towards the spirited Dutchwoman, regardless of tallying 34 unforced errors.

Williams will now face older sister Venus, whom she beat within the Australian Open decider at Melbourne Park final yr.

The primary set might have gone both means as Bertens troubled Williams, although the Dutchwoman’s serve proved to be her downfall.

Williams began with a love maintain however the veteran was damaged within the third recreation when she sloppily netted a forehand.

However a excessive unforced error rely from Williams opened the door for Bertens, who consolidated the break to love with a maintain of her personal – accomplished with an ace for a three-1 lead.

Williams, although, as she typically does, got here roaring again to degree issues up after three video games.

Bertens managed to break once more, nevertheless, incomes the prospect to serve for the set at 5-four however her serving woes continued as Williams responded with a tiebreak on the horizon.

And Williams introduced up three set factors within the tiebreak and she or he transformed the third when Bertens sprayed a forehand properly large of the road.

Bertens, nevertheless, refused to give up within the second set as she annoyed the 2-time champion.

The pair exchanged breaks within the third and fourth video games to depart the rating deadlocked at 2-2 earlier than Williams appeared to ship the knockout blow – breaking for the prospect to set for the match at 5-four.

With the gang applauding and getting ready for the seemingly inevitable, Bertens dug deep once more, denying Williams after staying alive within the contest.

It was a spirited show from Bertens however she was unable to again it up on function Williams reclaimed the break instantly earlier than ending the competition as soon as and for all, a lot to the enjoyment of the American followers.