Serena won't play singles in return to court

Serena won't play singles in return to court

Caroline Wozniacki, who captured last month's Australian Open in Serena Williams' absence, told ESPN.com, "She's such an awesome, incredible athlete".

Williams and Vandeweghe won their singles matches Saturday to give the USA a 2-0 lead over the Netherlands.

Venus Williams was asked how motherhood had changed her sister.

However, Williams, whose triumph in Melbourne previous year gave her an Open-era record 23rd Grand Slam - one shy of the all-time record held by Australian Margaret Court - still has a desire to compete in tennis's blue riband events.

Serena, 36, hasn't played an official match since winning the 2017 Australian Open. "Sometimes it looked like they were about to go out, but they landed in so I was lucky".

Williams said she had dealt with a lot of ups and downs while preparing for her comeback, but added that the challenges to regain her fitness have given her a new perspective. "I just had some bad luck, I played players who just were on fire", she said.

Cheered on by her younger sister Serena, who is poised to make her own comeback to the sport after a year away and the birth of her daughter, seven-time Grand Slam victor Venus made relatively light work of her 124th-ranked opponent to win 6-1, 6-4.


According to Friday's draw, Williams will link up with Lauren Davis to take on Dutch duo Lesley Kerkhove and Demi Schuurs in the final match of the World Group First Round clash in Asheville, North Carolina.

Williams and Rus exchanged service breaks in the first five games of the second set, with Williams grabbing a 3-2 lead.

Serena Williams has not competed in a Fed Cup tie since April 2015.

"I did enjoy it - not really the second set - but overall I did enjoy it". Every day, I get better and I get stronger. "I think that today's match hopefully will help me for tomorrow". Finally, I just had to let go of that thought and just try to hit it hard and deep. "The thing about Serena is she's never going to come back unless she feels she's where she wants to be tennis-wise, physically and mentally".

Kvitova was playing in her first Fed Cup rubber since suffering severe hand injuries in a knife attack in December 2016, with the day's play preceded by a minute's silence in tribute to former Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna, who died in November.

"I think I'm playing well". Vandeweghe won two singles matches, but American Sloane Stephens lost her two singles matches, leaving the doubles match to determine the title. With AP Photos.Venus Williams defeated Arantxa Rus 6-1, 6-4 as the United States opened defense of its Fed Cup title with a victory over the Netherlands.

Belarus were locked at 1-1 with Germany in Minsk while hosts France and Belgium were also level going into Sunday's action.

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