Serena leads Venus 17-11 all-time and has won eight of their last nine meetings, most recently the Australian Open final previous year. "In a game I loved with all my heart, at one of my most cherished tournaments, I suddenly felt unwelcome, alone and afraid". So, I'm going to wait and see what happens.
They met for the first time in the second round of the 1998 Australian Open which Venus won 7-6 (7/4), 6-1.
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Playing in her first singles tournament since giving birth to her daughter in September, Serena has already proven herself a threat with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Zarina Diyas and a 7-6 (5), 7-5 win over No. 29 seed Kiki Bertens.
The 36-year-old Serena took centre stage as she needed just under two hours to dispatch Bertens, of the Netherlands, 7-6 (7/5), 7-5 here, Saturday.
WTA Indian Wells is on Tennis Channel Plus. Venus preceded her younger sister on the stadium court and beat Sorana Cirstea of Romania 6-3, 6-4.
Most of those have been late-round matches, but this one comes under different circumstances with Serena being unranked due to her long layoff.
"That's, you know, totally gone out of my mind".
"It's a huge difference to play her in the semi-finals or even the quarter-finals or a final as opposed to the third round".
It was Venus' seventh appearance in the California desert, and third since 2001, after an absence of 15 years.
Asked about the semi-final match that never happened, Serena said she has tried to forget. Venus enjoyed a resurgent 2017 season, but she began this year with losses to Angelique Kerber in Syndey and Belinda Bencic at the Australian Open.
In 2015 Serena returned however the tournament will always bring back tough memories for both.
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".