Serena Williams and Venus Williams will meet before the fourth round of a tournament for the first time since 1998 when they face off at Indian Wells.
The third-round match, scheduled for 7pm on Monday night (Indian Wells time), will be the 29th meeting of their illustrious careers.
Serena leads the head-to-head series 17-11 and has won eight of the last nine meetings dating back to 2009; Venus’ lone victory during that span came in 2014 in the Montreal semifinals.
This will be their first meeting at Indian Wells.
They were scheduled to play in the 2001 semifinals before Venus pulled out minutes prior to the highly-anticipated clash, prompting a hostile crowd reaction and the sisters’ subsequent boycott of the event, which lasted 14 years until Serena returned in 2015.
Venus joined her at the tournament the following year.
This year, Venus, seeded eighth, received a first-round bye and reached the third round thanks to a straight-sets win over Sorana Cirstea.
A few days earlier, Serena made her comeback to singles after a 14-month absence with a first-round win against Zarina Diyas, and backed that up with a hard-fought second-round victory over Kiki Bertens to set up the all-Williams affair.
“She’s playing really well and just honing her game,” Venus said of her sister. “She looked like she never lost a step, really.”
Added Serena: “Having to play each other in the third round, one of us is going to be gone.”