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Indian Wells: Venus Williams makes Serena Williams comeback claim

13 March 2018

As she heads to Miami, she'll leave with a couple wins under her belt, having beaten Zarina Diyas in the first round and Kiki Bertens in the second round, both in competitive straight set matches.

Monday's match marks the 29th meeting between the two sisters over their careers.

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Richard Williams told USA Today he suffered racial abuse and Venus would later say "she heard whatever he heard". This is just her third appearance in the California desert in 17 years.

After that, she's lost all three matches to Serena - including last year's Australian Open final.

"That's totally gone out of my mind", she said. First of all, 17 years ago seems like forever ago. In an interview with BBC, Serena said, "It's been hard". "I think I was, like, eight". But she was really nice.

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"I still have a lot to give".

Reigning US Open champion Sloane Stephens says this wasn't the statement she had hoped for in her first tournament in the United States of America since winning her maiden Grand Slam title. "We have a great little family going on". I definitely don't have a favorite match.

When Serena Williams played in that year's tournament final - which she won - she was booed throughout the match. It is the earliest they have faced each other since their first encounter at the Australian Open in 1998.

From there, Venus managed to hold serve to see out the set, hitting two aces in game nine as she clinched the first set 6-3. I love it. I love her so much.

It was an unfamiliar situation for Serena, with Venus responding to everything thrown at her, including a pair of break points, which she saved.

"Yeah, I have come so far". And I go, 'Serena, you're doing good, you're doing good no matter what.

Indian Wells: Venus Williams makes Serena Williams comeback claim