Serena Williams happy after taking first step of post-motherhood comeback

Hope Soto
March 10, 2018

The return of Serena took place in the match against 53rd-ranked Zarina Diyas.

Diyas and Williams traded service breaks early in the second set.

"It definitely wasn't easy", said Williams. I've played [Diyas] several times before and we always have a couple of tight sets. But it was good.

"I'm a little rusty but it doesn't matter", said Williams.

"For myself, I think the hardest thing to do was to lower my expectation today to just go out there and try and enjoy the moment, and for once, be nice to yourself on the court and don't beat yourself up too much if you're not doing what you think you can do", she said.

The unranked Williams is starting from scratch after missing a year, and she isn't missing a beat.

Watson threw everything at her but the kitchen sink, but Azarenka stood firm and held her nerve, wrapping up a 6-4, 6-2 victory shortly after with another break. However, she battled through to get the win. I am never going to be able to look my kid in the eye and say: "Mum cheated", or 'Mum did something that is totally irresponsible'.

When the reporter countered: "You did get a TUE but it was backdated", Williams responded: "No, no, no, no. I'm really happy about that". "At the end of the day, that's what it is".

Zarina Diyas was no match for the 23-time grand slam champion on Friday in California
Zarina Diyas was no match for the 23-time grand slam champion on Friday in California

At the end of Thursday, Williams was once again a victor on court following that 'journey'.

So she started training again as soon as she regained her health and is aware that there's still a lot of work to be done to get to the level she wants from herself.

Then Williams was asked why she had required the backdated TUE, which was revealed as part of a cache of confidential data by the Fancy Bears hacker group in 2016.

Williams had opted against trying to defend her Australian Open title this year. Not only did she and her now-husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, welcome their daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., six months ago, they also exchanged vows last November.

The 23 time Grandslam victor and the most decorated female tennis player in the history, Serena Williams made her return to action for the first time after giving birth to a daughter.

As her comeback in Indian Wells approached, Ohanian designed four billboards that were put up in Palm Springs, close to Indian Wells.

Williams, a victor of 23 Grand Slam titles, is in the same quarter of the draw as older sister Venus.

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