Serena Williams Is Launching a Beauty Line

Andrew Cummings
March 13, 2018

She got her first win of the year against Sorana Cirstea (6-3, 6-4) on Saturday, but she couldn't have gotten a much more hard third-round draw, as she's lost three straight and five of the last six against the 23-time Grand Slam victor.

Serena Williams will face off against her sister Venus Williams on Monday night at Indian Wells in California.

Serena, 36 and vying to become the first woman to win three Indian Wells titles, clinched the victory against Bertens on her second match point when Bertens blasted a forehand wide.

Williams has said she spent "hours crying in the Indian Wells locker room" after the final, and would not return to the tournament until 2015.

They have now played each other 28 times on the WTA Tour, most recently at the 2017 Australian Open where Serena came out on top. "Great way to come back".

Serena and Venus Williams won't be meeting in a grand slam Monday and their match won't be a final, either.

"She looked like she never lost a step", Venus said of Serena after she beat Zarina Diyas and Kiki Bertens to book her spot in the third round. It will be their earliest match-up at a top-tier tournament since their first encounter, Venus downing Serena at the 1998 Australian Open in the second round.

When she entered the court, she was given a loud ovation from the packed arena, with many in the stadium standing and applauding her third appearance in Indian Wells in the last 17 years. But I keep going and I know that I might not be at my best yet but I'm getting there.

"It's a huge difference to play her in the semifinals or even the quarterfinals or a final as opposed to the third round", she said.

"That's totally gone out of my mind", she said. "We can always stay in the tournament longer if the both of us are in the tournament". "Seventeen years seems like forever ago".

"I still have a lot to give".

Talking about competing in the upcoming Grand Slams tournament, Serena was quoted as saying, "If I want to play in those grand slams and play well then now is the flawless time to start".

Elsewhere on Saturday, fourth seeded Elina Svitolina defeated Germany's Mona Barthel 6-4, 6-3.

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