On or off the court Serena Williams never stopped being the champion

Serena Williams Wins First Comeback Match 14 Months After Welcoming Daughter

The sisters and Richard Williams have denied that any such arrangement took place in Indian Wells, and Dementieva later insisted she had been joking. Vickery will face Naomi Osaka, who upset Aggie Radwanska after defeating Maria Sharapova in the first round.

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

Also moving into the third round was Caroline Wozniaki, the Danish second seed recording a routine 6-4 6-1 win over Lara Arruabarrena. He hasn't played an ATP match since losing to Grigor Dimitrov at the Australian Open.

Controversy brewed in 2001 when the sisters were scheduled to meet in the semi-finals of Indian Wells but Venus withdrew, handing Serena a walkover.

The 36-year-old new mother beat 29th-seeded Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 7-6 (5), 7-5 on Saturday in the BNP Paribas Open, setting up a third-round showdown with her older sister, eighth-seeded Venus Williams. Fourteen months after her last tournament, the 23-time Grand Slam champion has won her second match of the WTA Premier Mandatory event in straight sets, beating Bertens 7-6 (5), 7-5 in less than two hours on Saturday, reports Xinhua news agency.

The sisters will resume their longtime rivalry on Monday.

In the men's tournament at Indian Wells, Roger Federer's opening match was put on hold as heavy rain swept through the California desert.

Serena Williams made an impressive return to court on Thursday, March 8, after winning against Kazakhstan's Zarina Diyas.

"Obviously I wish it was anybody else in the draw, literally anybody, but that's O.K.", Serena Williams said of their latest rematch. "I'm a little rusty", she said afterwards, "but it doesn't matter".

Thiem moved through to a third-round meeting with 30th seed Pablo Cuevas, of Uruguay, who beat Canadian Denis Shapovalov 7-6 (7/4), 6-3. The No. 15 seed was mistake-prone throughout the second-round match, committing five unforced errors in the tiebreaker. No. 1 seed Simona Halep has won a title at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in 2015.

It was far from a ideal performance but former world number one Serena managed to outlast Kiki Bertens 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 Saturday.

She was joined by defending champion Elena Vesnina, who survived a scare to progress 2-6, 6-1, 6-1 against Catherine Bellis.

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