Serena wins on return to WTA Tour after childbirth

Serena wins on return to WTA Tour after childbirth

Serena Williams made a successful return to the tour at Indian Wells on Thursday night, defeating world No. 53 Zarina Diyas in her first match since the birth of daughter Alexis Ohanian in September.

"It's been over a year and a kid later", Williams told the crowd. "I've always gotten a TUE, so you should fact check that".

Williams improved to 3-0 against the 53rd-ranked Diyas.

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

Before her pregnancy, Azarenka was considered one of the most unsafe players on tour, and one of the few who could challenge Serena, whom she beat for the 2016 Indian Wells title. But it was good.

"But it doesn't matter".

As for Indian Wells, Williams just wants to take it in.

The TUE - for prednisone - was revealed in 2016 by Fancy Bears, a group of hackers believed to have ties to Russian Federation.

"I'm glad to be here, glad to be in the routine", Azarenka said.

Reports show Williams was given approval for a TUE for the corticosteroid anti-inflammatory prednisone to help to alleviate the symptoms. "At the end of the day, that's what it is".

Victoria Azarenka of Belarus followed Williams on Stadium Court.

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And while Azarenka announced after the win that she was planning on playing in Miami later this month, her long-term future on the tour is still in doubt. Williams then broke her opponent again en route to winning the final five games.

Williams had opted against trying to defend her Australian Open title this year.

With husband and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian looking on, Williams played from behind until breaking Diyas in the 11th game.

Asked how it felt being part of that iconic night session playing her first match after Williams completed hers, Azarenka said: "It was a little bit nerve-wracking because I feel like there was quite a bit of expectation and I don't usually watch TV but I saw somebody saying 'a tough call, who is going to make a better comeback?' so it was a little nerve-wracking".

Williams said she has benefited from having her sister alongside her as she attempts this comeback.

If Serena beats Bertens and her sister Venus beats Sorana Cirstea on Saturday, we may see an early matchup between the two. Venus was another spectator on center court Thursday.

Yulia Putintseva will have her second match at the tournament in Indian Wells tonight, at 1.00 a.m. Astana time.

"I had my heart out playing here and that's the most important [thing]".

"I would have thought I would have retired six years ago, but I'm still here and I'm playing great, and I think I'll still be playing good". "My comeback could not have come on a better day", she wrote.

Reaching 24 majors would draw Williams level with Margaret Court for the most grand slam titles ever won. "It takes time to get back". "They will be her three main goals for 2018".

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