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Indian Wells: Venus Williams beat sister Serena 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 27 minutes on Tuesday to reach the round of 16 in the Indian Wells tennis tournament, where she will now play against Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova.

Serena and Venus have faced each other 28 times in professional tournaments, the most recent being the aforementioned Australian Open final in 2017. After that, she's lost all three matches to Serena - including last year's Australian Open final.

Venus closed out the 29th career meeting between the two on her second match point as Serena sailed a forehand long to end the third round match.

While she had numerous unforced errors and eight double faults, the No. 8 seed did enough to advance. Serena, who leads the sisterly series 17-12 but is coming off a full year's maternity leave, was not seeded in this tournament, and the rustiness was on full view Monday night.

Serena subsequently stayed away from Indian Wells until 2015, while Venus didn't return until one year later.

And when Venus, accompanied by her father Richard, took her seat to watch her sister play Kim Clijsters in the final two days later, the atmosphere turned sour.

'It was good to play and try to get in the rhythm and get into the swing again, ' she said.

"Obviously I wish it was anybody else in the draw, literally anybody, but that's OK", Serena said. Venus had a first-round bye before taking out Sorana Cirstea in the second. I'm not where I'm going to be, but I'll get there eventually... I think it's great for the sport and they have done so much already.

Despite the positive progress, Serena displayed her trademark hunger and disdain for losing.

Wozniacki had been one of seven women who held the No. 1 ranking who hadn't won a Grand Slam when she triumphed in Melbourne in January.

Venus's victory also comes 17 years after an ugly booing incident led to a 14-year boycott of the tournament by the sisters.

Asked about the incident finally being put to rest, Venus said, "It never crossed my mind".

"She gave me the trophy because I was so upset".

She won her opening match at the ETA Indian Wells event with a 7-5, 6-3, victory over Zarina Diyas.

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