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Serena Williams return to Professional tennis this Thursday

09 March, 2018, 09:01 | Author: Lamar Ellis
  • Svitolina may have won the prize, but New York belonged to returning champs Williams and Bartoli

Bartoli, who was forced to pull out of an exhibition event at Wimbledon previous year because of a mystery virus and dramatic weight loss, has said she was targetting a return to the WTA Tour at the Miami Open later this month. Williams asked WTA to start an African tour and consider Kenya because it's a lovely place. For the next six weeks after giving birth, Serena was bedridden as she recovered from her pregnancy difficulties. But it is no bad way to launch her month in North America. She announced her return on her Instagram account Wednesday.

Williams said she is thinking about having another child, despite the challenges she faced when giving birth to Olympia. She also revealed, in a long and fascinating interview for Vogue in January that she had suffered a pulmonary embolism after an emergency Caesarean section, and then returned to surgery for life-saving treatment.

Her husband Alexis Ohanian was in the crowd.

She is playing at Indian Wells under a protected ranking of 22nd. "I think there's a lot of pre-judging absolutely that definitely goes on".

The tennis superstar is also speaking up about the need for improved maternal health care, particularly for black women.

After correcting the protocol for the "rock-paper-scissors" game used to determine who served first, Williams fell behind 4-2, but a double-fault from Bartoli followed by two aces from Serena saw the American great ahead 5-4.

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At 36, Williams is entering the twilight of her career, but the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion remains the benchmark her competitors must measure themselves by. On Diyas' third service game, Williams had a triple break point attempt, but couldn't get it, still. "I wish I would have made a few more shots".

"This is a good time to start for the summer. I was so excited for this match".

News of Serena's possible visit to Kenya has elicited excitement and Tennis Kenya secretary Wanjiru Mbugua said it could not have come at a better time.

Serena, after her year's absence, arrives without a ranking and thus unseeded, and will first play the 53-ranked Zarina Diyas-a woman who is a dozen years younger than the two-time former champion.

In conjunction with her sister Venus, Serena has also developed an organisation to help the victims of what she describes as "senseless violence".

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