Serena Williams announces return to tennis set for International Women's Day

The 23-time Grand Slam singles victor is returning to the WTA Tour six months after she "almost died" giving birth.

― Reuters picINDIAN WELLS, March 8 ― Venus Williams says she hopes to one day follow in the footsteps of her younger sister Serena and experience motherhood.

Both sisters are competing in the WTA Indian Wells tournament and they landed in the same portion of the draw meaning they could face each other in the third round.

"I've never been the right kind of woman", she says in a voice-over for the advert.

Maybe on clay [because] it's her weakest surface.

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After taking a deep breath, she unleashed a second serve that kicked up viciously, forcing Kazakh Diyas to reach high for her return, unable to get it back into play.

Williams could not hide her joy in the lead-up to her return, sharing her emotions across social media platforms. I wouldn't be surprised if she wins [at Indian Wells], impressed yes, but not surprised.

"It's been really, really hard, but I keep going, and I know that I might not be at my best yet, but I'm getting there and every day is a new day and every day I should be getting better". "Mentally you can take those breaks and really just concentrate on the big tournaments".

Williams, who had not played a singles match since winning the 2017 Australian Open while pregnant, chalked up 27 unforced errors with 34 winners to defeat her 53rd-ranked opponent in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd in California.

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Serena Williams is back on the tennis court for International Women's Day.

She went on to explain that she wants the pins to have more than just supportive meaning for herself and her charity, but for whoever decides to wear one. "@olympiaohanian & I wanted to welcome her back to tennis".

Williams, 36, suffered a pulmonary embolism after her first child was delivered by Caesarean section.

She is playing at Indian Wells under a protected ranking of 22nd. But I'm getting there and every day is a new day and every day I should be getting better.

The 18-year-old American, who turned down a full scholarship from Stanford to turn pro last August, had her serve broken just once by the Spaniard in the 65-minute match.

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