Serena Williams lunges to return a backhand to Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands during the BNP Paribas Open on March 10, 2018 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California. Jeff Gross/Getty Images/AFP
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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.Serena won 54 percent of her second-serve points and broke Bertens' serve six times.Still showing some rust from her long layoff, Serena hit just one ace and made 37 unforced errors to 32 for Bertens.She takes a career head-to-head record over Venus of 17-11 into their third-round clash.They met for the first time in the second round of the 1998 Australian Open which Venus won 7-6 (7/4), 6-1 .In 2001 the two were slated to meet in the Indian Wells semifinals when Venus withdrew, handing Serena a walkover.Asked about the semifinal match that never happened, Serena said she has tried to forget.
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