Serena loses in return but says she is 'on the right track'

16 February, 2018, 04:44 | Author: Nora May
  • Serena Williams Alexis Olympia

Serena, who gave birth to her first child last September and had not played a competitive match since her triumph at the 2017 Australian Open, showed glimpses of her prowess and rust during the 6-2 6-3 loss to doubles specialist Demi Schuurs and world number 165 Lesley Kerkhove.

"Sometimes I get really down and feel like, 'Man, I can't do this, '" Williams told Vogue on January 10 about motherhood.

'It's great. It's her first match so I'm glad she got to see it, ' Serena gushed at the Cellular Arena. "So I feel like that I'm on the right track".

Serena Williams had said her return to tennis would represent the "start of a long process". Maybe that's why I felt like I did better.

"I didn't expect to have that much power on my serves", she said. I've broken down I don't know how many times. "This is literally my first time travelling with the baby and everything so I'm gonna try to do better". Her infant daughter, Alexis Olympia was courtside as her mom and auntie played in a dead doubles rubber on Sunday.

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There had been speculation she may drop out of Sunday's doubles match, but team captain Kathy Rinaldi confirmed her participation after Venus won her singles match against Richel Hogenkamp earlier to seal victory for the United States, 3-0.

Williams, who was playing doubles with her sister, Venus Williams, also shared a video tweet zooming in on the baby, who was wearing a red and white headband.

The Americans had enjoyed enormous support all weekend from the sold-out 5,200-capacity crowd in the mountainous city of Asheville, North Carolina, famous for its historic architecture and vibrant art scene. After delivering Alexis Olympia via C-section, Williams suffered from life-threatening complications when blood clots formed in her lungs and severe coughing reopened her C-section wound.

William's last grand slam title was at the 2016 Australian Open before she took time away from the circuit to give birth to her daughter.


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