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It was Venus' seventh appearance in the California desert, and third since 2001, after an absence of 15 years.

"She looked like she never lost a step", Venus said of her younger sister.

"It takes me a few games, a few matches before hopefully you get it where you want it to be", said the number eight seed after her first match in a month.

She is not yet in prime form, not yet in prime shape, but in her first two matches she has proved she still has staying power, coming to the net effectively, something she appears to be emphasizing in this comeback, and playing the crucial points with trademark intensity. I really abhor every time we play, but I do enjoy the battle when I'm out there.

Williams started with a love hold but the veteran was broken in the third game when she sloppily netted a forehand.

"I'm just happy to be out here".

2017 ATP World Finals victor Grigor Dimitrov was stunned by Spain's Fernando Verdasco 6-7, 6-4, 3-6 to bow out.

"Obviously I wish it was anybody else in the draw, literally anybody, but that's OK".

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To keep the outfit sleek, she added a pair of single strap black stiletto sandals for an aesthetic that shouted "I mean business". Meanwhile, Khloe previously revealed her time with Tristan is very "structured", which is just like she likes.

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For Woods though, there was something to cheer in his coming up second as it was his best finish on the PGA Tour in 1,659 days. He has won 13 times on that circuit. "I'm playing very free golf and very relaxed with what's happening on the golf course.".

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fluffed two good chances in the first half and "playmaker" Henrik Mkhitaryan once again looked clumsy. A minute later Watford won a penalty when Ainsley Maitland-Niles was deemed to have brought down Roberto Pereyra in the area.

Serena was already pregnant with daughter Alexis Olympia, who was born on 1 September, when she beat Venus 6-4 6-4 in Melbourne. "Whether I win or lose, there's so much more to my life".

With this win, Serena sets up a highly-anticipated third-round encounter against sister Venus Williams, in what would be their 29th career meeting.

Second seed Caroline Wozniacki had an easy time with qualifer Lara Arruabarrena 6-4, 6-1.

Serena Williams talks to media after defeating Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan during the first round of the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif., Thursday, March 8, 2018.

Defending champion Elena Vesnina of Russian Federation also moved into the third round after she beat American Catherine Bellis 2-6 6-1 6-1.

In the men's competition, Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer won his first set against Federico Delbonis of Argentina.

Saturday night rain caused the suspension of one women's singles match and the postponement of another.

There were no such problems for fifth seed Dominic Thiem of Austria as he beat Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. The Dutchwoman was the better player early and served for the opening set at 5-4, but couldn't close falling in the end 7-6 (5), 7-5.

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