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Serena Williams wins first match after 14-month layoff

Serena Williams wins first match after 14-month layoff

"I expect more of myself", she said.

Serena Williams defended her use of a TUE (therapeutic use exemption) at the 2015 French Open, saying she uses them regularly and has never tested positive for illegal substances. It's been over a year and a kid later. "I get to go home to her now and I'm excited about that", the American said. I'm a little rusty but it doesn't matter. "I'm just out here on this journey and doing the best I can".

Williams served a love game capped by a 100-mph ace in her first service game.

From a rusty looking exhibition match at the Mubadala World Tennis Championships in Abu Dhabi to Tie-Break Tens fun in NY, to a first win on the board since winning her 23rd Slam title in Australia in 2017 - she assessed her performance. Williams had the decisive advantage though, and broke for the border in the final game to round out a straight sets but far from simple win.

Williams, a 23-time grand slam champion, is making her return to the WTA Tour at Indian Wells this week after more than a year out of action as she gave birth to her daughter in September. The fourth billboard shows a photo of Williams and their daughter with the phrase "G.M.O.A.T" - greatest mother of all time - and is signed by Alexis Sr. and Jr. "Just holding her and the way my heart skips a beat".

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"I surprised myself with some of the errors but I'm not putting too much right now on this particular tournament".

The tennis queen will next face 29th-seeded Dutch player Kiki Bertens. She was facing child custody issues since last summer. "Every day is going to be a challenge for me, but I know I'll overcome it". "As little pressure as there seems to be, there is always pressure on the top guys". "I texted Alexis, I was like, is it normal that I want to cry?"

Victoria Azarenka also made a winning return to the Indian Wells after a 6-4, 6-2 win over Heather Watson.

Serena won the 2017 Australian Open while being eight weeks pregnant.


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