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

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

Indian Wells: Serena Williams is through taking baby steps on the comeback trail after the birth of her daughter Alexis Olympia in September.

Too big, too confident, too mean, too black: all reasons why the critics and the bigots said Serena was not "the right kind of woman". "But I am proving, time and time again, there's no wrong way to be a woman". "I feel so lucky to be out here, and I'm ready to play".

Williams was pregnant when she lifted the trophy in Melbourne a year ago, and missed the rest of 2017 awaiting the birth of her daughter in September. "Doctors aren't listening to us, to be quite frank", she explained.

"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". But does she put this disparity in mortality rates down to prejudice, or to a lack of access to healthcare? "I'm glad you brought it up because I think it would be unbelievable". "And it needs to be addressed". It is the sort of grand entrance befitting one of sport's most remarkable figures.

"I haven't analysed it at all", Venus said of the field.

"Congratulations and I think this is awesome".

"You have to stand up and, I heard someone say, have conversations that aren't comfortable. We deserve to be treated fairly the same way", Williams told the BBC. "But right now, I want tennis as well".

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"It's definitely better than I could have ever imagined", Williams told the Tennis Channel, about motherhood. I love it. I love her so much. "To me it's impossible to explain this".

Williams has built two schools in Kenya through The Serena Williams Fund. Having "literally put nails in the school" in Jamaica, Williams says she faced more of a political challenge in Kenya. For the next six weeks after giving birth, Serena was bedridden as she recovered from her pregnancy difficulties. Their half-sister, Yetunde Price, was shot dead in Compton in California in 2003. Williams also knew which tests to request.

Watson has lost all five previous encounters with the Belarusian despite running her particularly close at Wimbledon past year and will need to be on top of her game to deliver an upset.

"We've got teenagers speaking up on it now, so that's really been great".

There really is no keeping Elina Svitolina down.

"It's one of my favourite places to go, so why not?"