Serena Williams to Return to Tennis for First Time Since Giving Birth

Svitolina may have won the prize, but New York belonged to returning champs Williams and Bartoli

The birth of Williams' daughter, Alexis Olympia, was followed by complications that scuppered the player's plans to defend her title in Melbourne.

She wrote: 'It's official.

Williams, the perennial perfectionist, will no doubt be expecting to "move forward" into round two at Indian Wells despite her lack of competitive matches.

After testing her fitness in the short-form Tie Break Tens at Madison Square Garden in NY - where she defeated Marion Bartoli, another player on the comeback trail, before losing against Zhang Shuai - Williams told the BBC: "There have been so many days, even still, when I'm like, 'How am I going to keep going?' It's been really, really hard".

Maybe on clay [because] it's her weakest surface. "It would be so fun - the help that we could do, and the awareness and the athletes and the wonderful players that would come out of Africa would just be unbelievable", she said.

Williams could not hide her joy in the lead-up to her return, sharing her emotions across social media platforms.

"Honestly, with everything I've been through, my happiest is just being out here..." "I want this gold "S" to mean something special to you personally", she said, then asking her followers to think of "s-words" that mean a lot to them. If you asked her 10 years ago if she envisioned herself playing after the age of 30, Serena would have replied no.

So much so that Williams" six-month-old daughter Olympia "thinks' Azarenka's son Leo, born in December 2016, is her boyfriend.

TL; DR: Taylor 181* levels series for Kiwis
The previous highest in a chase for New Zealand was Martin Guptill's unbeaten 180 against South Africa a year ago . The series is now locked 2-2, with the deciding match at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Saturday.

Her last tournament was the 2017 Australian Open, which she won soon after she found out she was pregnant.

The tennis superstar may choose Kenya for the tour, adding that it's one of her "favorite places to go".

But Diyas answered back, and after four total break attempts, she scored a break on Williams, who hit multiple backhand errors in the game.

Her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, told WTAtennis.com that she aimed to win the other three Majors again: The French and US Opens, and Wimbledon.

News of Serena's possible visit to Kenya has elicited excitement and Tennis Kenya secretary Wanjiru Mbugua said it could not have come at a better time.

"And it just kind of happens".

Unseeded Williams is scheduled to open her Indian Wells campaign with a first round tie against Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan on Thursday.

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