Serena Williams makes winning return after 14 months away

Serena Williams

Serena Williams

Despite her status at the top of the rankings, Halep is yet to win a grand slam - losing in the Australian Open final earlier this year - and she says that must now be her priority.

Her husband Alexis Ohanian was in the crowd as she set up a second-round match with 29th-seeded Dutch player Kiki Bertens. She gave birth to Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr six months ago. I'm a little rusty but it doesn't matter. "I have always done the TUE so you should fact check that", Williams said.

But that day hasn't come yet.' Serena also revealed that Victoria Azarenka had helped her in her journey of motherhood. I wasn't going to play (the French Open) unless I had a TUE because if you remember that year I was incredibly sick.

She played an exhibition match in Abu Dhabi in late December and a doubles rubber for the US Fed Cup team against the Netherlands last month. Williams broke her opponent five times in the 92-minute match.

"It definitely wasn't easy", Williams said on court.

She blasted four aces and won 63 per cent of her first-serve points against Diyas, who claimed her first WTA title previous year in Tokyo. And this is really one of the few times when I've been able to do that.

He opens the defence of his Indian Wells title - he has won it five times - in tomorrow's second-round clash against Argentinian Federico Delbonis, who beat American Ryan Harrison 6-2, 4-6, 7-5.

Venus said her 36-year-old sister acts like a child herself, and Serena said that's why she gets along so well with her daughter. I think my stamina was really good. "I'm just out here on this journey and doing the best I can".

Her husband paid tribute to her with four billboards along the highway outside Palm Springs. When I was pregnant I would text her and I'd ask her questions.

Williams' only competitive appearances since the birth came in December at an exhibition in Abu Dhabi, a Fed Cup doubles match with sister Venus last month and an exhibition in NY on Monday. Azarenka returned to professional tennis, after being caught up in a lengthy custody battle over her son Leo. "I know I'll make mistakes and I'm OK with that".

The Belarusian was making her first appearance since Wimbledon 2017.

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