Serena Williams Confirms Her Official Comeback to Tennis

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― 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. She didn't convert it, but it was close.

A couple of forehand winners and a service victor saw Williams take an 8-4 lead, and she finally finished it off with another winning serve.

'Thursday, the day I play my very first match, marks global women's day. Then, it just happened, and I was like, 'I don't know.' I just dove right in.

Williams took time away from the game after she gave birth to daughter Alexis Olympia, but she will now attempt to reign supreme once again as she plays her first competitive tennis of the year.

In one respect, she has already beaten the Australian.

Ohanian recruited the help of AdQuick to pull off the billboard surprise for his wife which included four oversize photos of baby Alexis alongside the acronym G.M.O.A.T. While the eight women were thrilling NY, the draw was throwing the sisters into the same segment of the Indian Wells draw. As much as I'd like to tell you like "it doesn't matter how I play here", I didn't come here to lose first round 2 and 2.

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"Because of what I went through, it would be really hard if I didn't have the healthcare that I have - and to imagine all the other women that do go through that without the same healthcare, without the same response, it's upsetting". "I'm glad you brought it up because I think it would be unbelievable".

The best part of 10,000 people were in Stadium Court 1 to watch Williams' return. The two-time victor of the desert tournament needed a wild card to get in because she has been off the tour since Wimbledon.

Yet with all respect to the fine 23-year-old player from the Ukraine, she was probably not the main attraction for the packed MSG.

In other first-round matches, CiCi Bellis overpowered qualifier Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-0, 6-3.

She is now healthy again, but skipped this year's Australian Open because she did not consider herself ready for the tournament. Bellis earned a second-round matchup with defending champion Elena Vesnina of Russian Federation. She was joined by wild card Danielle Collins and Jennifer Brady, who both got stretched to three sets.

Other winners Thursday were Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig of Puerto Rico, qualifier Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium and Fernando Verdasco of Spain.

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