Serena Williams won her first singles match at the Indian Wells WTA after her 14-month break.
Williams won with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Kazakhstan’s Zarina Diyas.
She played from behind until the 11th game of the first set where she broke Diyas to get the control of the match.
Diyas and Williams exchanged services early in the second set and Williams secured victory after winning the final five games.
Williams told how incredible it felt to win after a break. Williams: “It definitely wasn’t easy; we always have a couple tight sets. It was good.”
Williams said it is exciting to go back home to her child every day while competing at the same time. She also added that she is planning to do her best through her journey.
Her husband Alexis Ohanian was in the crowd supporting his wife as she smiled and walked to the net after her win.
The former world number one’s last singles match was her victory in the 2017 Australia Open, while she was pregnant.
She gave birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. six months ago. Williams suffered with almost fatal post-childbirth health complications, including blood clots in her lungs.
Williams missed this year’s Australia Open in January since she did not feel ready to compete in a tournament.
However, ESPN analyst Pam Shriver feels less positive about Serena Williams’ return. Shriver believes it will be hard for Williams assert herself around so many dangerous opponents.
“Serena is back to a different game,” said Shriver who added: “Lots of things finally fell into place for some players, like Wozniacki, Halep and Kelber, players who really needed it to happen. That could change things.”
Despite the comments, Serena Williams was happy about her comeback on International Women’s Day and she said she is looking forward to her next games.
The 23-time Grand Slam title winner will potentially face with her sister Venus Williams in the third round as they are in the same quarter of the draw.
by Jale Dincher