Serena Williams Is Launching a Beauty Line

Javier Stokes
March 13, 2018

Richard Williams told USA Today he suffered racial abuse and Venus would later say "she heard whatever he heard". First of all, 17 years ago seems like forever ago.

Sky Sports Arena will be showing the tennis live from Indian Wells, with coverage running from 6pm on Monday to 5.30am the following morning.

Tennis star Serena Williams is planning to launch her beauty line and has filed legal documents to trademark her product line.

But Indian Wells marks Serena's first tournament since beating Venus in the 2017 Australian Open final, having given birth to daughter Alexis Olympia last September and revealing to CNN she nearly died afterward due to a pulmonary embolism that triggered complications.

Serena made a decision to return in 2015, whilst Venus came back to Indian Wells in 2016.

Not only is Venus now more match fit - this is her 13th WTA event over the past 12 months, and Serena's first - but the earlier in the tournament they play each other, the more it has favoured Venus. And, with two straight-set wins at Indian Wells after one-year break from competitive tennis, she looks like she's reincarnated on the WTA Tour.

Most of those have been late-round matches, but this one comes under different circumstances with Serena being unranked due to her long layoff. But I keep going and I know that I might not be at my best yet but I'm getting there.

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"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".

In 2015 Serena returned however the tournament will always bring back tough memories for both.

"I still have a lot to give".

She admitted to feeling rusty in her first two rounds against Zarina Diyas and Kiki Bertens but a wary Venus countered: "She's playing really well and just honing her game". "But I have to play a seed regardless, sooner than later most times for the next couple of tournaments".

She fell behind 3-1 early in the second set but rallied by holding serve in the fifth game. She has won each of the last three matches and leads the series, 17-11.

Elsewhere on Saturday, fourth seeded Elina Svitolina defeated Germany's Mona Barthel 6-4, 6-3.

In her third round match, she'll face an opponent, who's all too familiar and someone she loathes to fight against, especially at this stage of the tournament.

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