Indian Wells - Venus Williams says she hopes to one day
follow in the footsteps of her younger sister Serena and experience motherhood.
"I hope I can do that if I ever get there," said
the 37-year-old Venus on Wednesday.
"She does everything for the baby. Other than that she
stays the same.
"If it happens then I have a good example to
This week marks the return of Serena to the WTA Tour a
little under 190 days since the birth of baby Alexis.
Both sisters are competing in the WTA Indian Wells
tournament and they landed in the same portion of the draw meaning they could
face each other in the third round.
Serena, 36, will need to get through her first round match
against 53rd ranked Zarina Diyas and the 29th-seeded Kiki Bertens.
The eighth-seeded Venus has a bye through the first round
and will face either qualifier Monica Niculescu or Sorana Cirstea in the second
Venus and Serena are more accustomed to meeting in the
finals of tournaments. If Venus had any idea she and Serena could meet so early
in the Indian Wells draw, she wasn't letting on.
"I haven't analyzed it at all," Venus said of the
field. "If I keep playing hopefully I can win."
Venus reached the Wimbledon final last year where she lost
to champion Garbine Muguruza 7-5, 6-0.
She also made the final of the Australian Open and the quarterfinals
in Rome and at this tournament.
Venus grew up just a couple hour's drive away in the south
central Los Angeles suburb of Compton.
"This tournament means a lot to me," she said of
Indian Wells. "I don't get to play a lot in the States anymore.
"I am a California and a Florida girl."