Serena makes declaration on return to the courts after childbirth

Posted March 10, 2018

Williams opened the laid-back event with a 10-5 victory over Marion Bartoli, the 2013 Wimbledon champion who announced in December that she was planning to return to the court more than four years after retiring in the wake of her only Grand Slam triumph.

The 23-time Grand Slam singles victor is returning to the WTA Tour six months after she "almost died" giving birth. "I think we can say without a doubt that this is her biggest challenge", Mouratoglou told the official WTA website. Treat me the same way that you're treating.' How am I going to explain to my son that he is getting more? "As long as I'm moving forward, even if it's at a turtle's pace, I'm okay with that".

"It's been hard", Williams said before the Tie Break Tens event at Madison Square Garden Monday night, according to BBC. "I feel so lucky to be out here, and I'm ready to play".

"I want people to understand there is no wrong way to be a woman". In a new ad for Nike-which debuted during this Sunday's Oscars and ahead of International Women's Day on March 8-Williams breaks down barriers and stereotypes while confronting her critics.

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"Who knows how she'll come out of the starting gate", she said. She is upbeat that she will be up her feet to roar once again at the Grand Slam.

The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion will be unseeded and starts against Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan, now ranked 53rd in the world. And also by giving her daughter a meaningful chance to watch her play.

"She's one of the few players that has all the serves, in terms of slice, kick, flat", Lindsay Davenport said of Osaka at the draw ceremony.

"My main thing is I would love for my daughter to be around with me doing great so it gives me some motivation".

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"Of course, winning the first tournament of the year was a great start for me", Svitolina said.

She added it was "impossible" to say how long she would continue to play for.

The 23 Grand Slams victor is going to play against Kazakhstan's Zarina Diyas in the first round at Indian Wells in California, USA, in the WTA tour. The match is likely to be played on Thursday evening, Californian time. The former world No. 1 revealed in January she spent the first six weeks of Olympia's life bedridden, after doctors discovered blood clots in her lungs a day after the emergency Caesarean section. She married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and gave birth to a baby girl, Alexis. She knows that coming back might take some time, but her level of expectation is high as always. I can't go and say, "I expect to lose", because that's just something I'll never say.

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