Serena Williams set up a mouth-watering third round showdown against her sister Venus with a straight-sets victory over Kiki Bertens here at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament. She won her opening match at the ETA Indian Wells event with a 7-5, 6-3, victory over Zarina Diyas.
Collins, ranked 116th and making her first appearance in the main draw, is just starting her second year on the WTA Tour.
But when the siblings face off under the lights in Indian Wells, California, it will still be a hugely significant occasion for the Americans who have combined to win 30 majors and transcended tennis.
Venus, seeded eighth, reached the Wimbledon final, the US Open semi-finals and the championship match of the WTA Finals while Serena was away from the tour. "Great way to come back".
She takes a career head-to-head record over Venus of 17-11 into their third-round clash.
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As well as her Aneres clothing line, Serena also helms the Signature Statement collection, a range of apparel and accessories, which is mainly sold on the Home Shopping Network (HSN). 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.
Most of those have been late-round matches, but this one comes under different circumstances with Serena being unranked due to her long layoff. "It's actually something that I really enjoy and that I have a lot of fun with", she told Vogue in 2015. First of all, 17 years ago seems like forever ago.
"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. "So it is what it is", the 23-time grand slam champion said. "You know, we can always stay in the tournament longer if the both of us are in the tournament", Serena said.
Venus won 61 percent of her first-serve points and broke Cirstea's serve six times.