Serena Williams ousted from WTA Indian Wells tennis by sister Venus Williams

Serena Williams ousted from WTA Indian Wells tennis by sister Venus Williams”

When Serena Williams played in that year's tournament final - which she won - she was booed throughout the match.

The early meeting is the result of Serena Williams being unranked and not being among the tournament's 32 seeded female players because of her maternity leave.

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

Barring any late surprises, the two will indeed square off for the 29th time Monday and Serena, now 36, did recall their first duel in Compton, the Los Angeles suburb about 130 miles west of Indian Wells where the siblings grew up.

Now unseeded in Indian Wells, Serena has beaten her world No. 8-ranked sister 17 of the last 28 times. "I just want to do the best that I can".

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The match is scheduled for "not before 7pm PST" which is 2am GMT on Tuesday, March 13 - the Williams sisters are set to follow Fernando Verdasco vs Taylor Fritz on Stadium 1. In fact, it's the first time they've met before the Round of 16 since their very first head-to-head matchup more than 20 years ago.

Serena also admitted that her first five months of motherhood has been "amazing", as she says that being a parent comes "naturally" to her.

Serena and Venus have faced each other 28 times in professional tournaments, the most recent being the aforementioned Australian Open final in 2017.

You know, we can always stay in the tournament longer if, you know, the both of us are in the tournament. And having to play each other in the third round, one of us is going to be gone. You know, she just did everything great. She's looked good - not quite as fast or powerful as she was pre-pregnancy, but she's generally getting stronger as matches progress, and that's hugely important. "When she's missing, it's not by much". I'm not where I'm going to be, but I'll get there eventually...

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