Serena sets up showdown with sister

Venus Williams and Serena Williams talk as they play during a match

Venus and Serena have faced each other 28 times in their legendary careers and they are now meeting in Serena's first tournament back on the WTA Tour since she beat Venus 6-4, 6-4 in the 2017 Australian Open final. The tennis ace gave birth to her first child on September 1 a year ago and this is her first professional tennis tournament post Australian Open 2017, in which she had clinched the title.

Venus Williams (left) congratulates Serena Williams after Serena won their women's singles final match at the 2017 Australian Open.

Venus closed out the one and a half hour match on her second match point when Serena's forehand service return sailed long.

Serena still owns a 17-12 advantage overall.

Before playing official singles matches, Serena's return consisted of an exhibition loss in the offseason to Jelena Ostapenko, a Davis Cup doubles loss in February with Venus and a moderate showing at a Tiebreak Tens exhibition last week in NY. "Serena being a mum now, Venus overcame a lot of also hard situations and still playing".

Venus' last defeat of her younger sister was at the Canadian Open in 2014, where she prevailed in a three-set semi-final.

INDIAN WELLS-It wasn't magnificent tennis, by any stretch. You know, I'm getting there.

"But I don't know how much lighter I can go".

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Reflecting on her match with Venus that was never played at Indian Wells all those years ago, new mom Serena said Saturday: "I literally didn't even think about it".

And she expressed her frustration at her display.

Richard Williams told USA Today he suffered racial abuse and Venus would later say "she heard whatever he heard".

But eighth seed Venus was a different proposition for Serena, who cut a frustrated figure as was broken in the sixth game - the 36-year-old lacking the fluidity and accuracy to asset her authority. Serena Williams, however, is back on court after surviving a post-natal ordeal, which she said nearly took her life away.

The Indian Wells match was 17 years in the making. I can really learn from her. "We weren't sure if they're going to play as long as we hoped them to play".

"I still have a lot to give".

In other women's third round matches on Monday, French seventh seed Caroline Garcia defeated Australia's Daria Gavrilova 7-5, 6-4.

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