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In other matches Saturday, defending champion Elena Vesnina eliminated American CiCi Bellis 2-6, 6-1, 6-1; No. 4 seed Elina Svitolina beat Mona Barthel 6-4, 6-3; No. 12 Julia Goerges defeated Natalia Vikhlyantseva 6-4, 6-1; No. 27 Carla Suarez Navarro beat Su-Wei Hsieh 6-4, 2-6, 6-3; and No. 26 Daria Gavrilova dismissed Yanina Wickmayer 7-6 (3), 6-2. If you're not, though, you'll need to sign in to a verified TV provider, but you can do this by logging in with your DirecTV Now credentials. After that, she's lost all three matches to Serena - including last year's Australian Open final.
When Serena is missing some of those shots, she says she isn't being as harsh on herself as in the past with her daughter in mind.
In an essay for Time magazine just before her return, she made it clear she feels much of the vitriol was racist in nature. She won her opening match at the ETA Indian Wells event with a 7-5, 6-3, victory over Zarina Diyas.
This is the first time the siblings will play each other at the BNP Paribas Open.
And she's probably shown enough to make her the slight favorite over her sister.
They have now played each other 28 times on the WTA Tour, most recently at the 2017 Australian Open where Serena came out on top. 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. "Seventeen years seems like forever ago".
Asked about the semi-final match that never happened, Serena said she has tried to forget.
We don't know too much about her brand yet, but Williams has spoken in the past about the difficulties of finding makeup that can withstand her training routines, meaning it's possible she'll come out with some super-long-lasting, sweat-proof beauty items (fingers crossed). Having to play each other in the third round, one of us is going to be gone.