Serena powers to 1st win in comeback with baby on her mind

Serena Williams celebrating a point against Kiki Bertens in the second round at Indian Wells

Serena Williams celebrating a point against Kiki Bertens in the second round at Indian Wells

Williams was asked about her use of TUE's following her first round victory over Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan 7-5, 6-3 at the WTA Indian Wells tournament.

"It was incredible. It's been over a year, and a kid later, and I get to go home to her now, and I'm excited about that", the record Grand Slam singles titles victor said after the match.

Serena Williams and Sean Paul hit the tennis court for some friendly competition. I wasn't going to play (the French Open) unless I had a TUE because if you remember that year I was incredibly sick. "I get to go home to her now and I'm excited about that", Williams said.

It definitely wasn't easy. "My comeback could not have come on a better day and I decided I wanted to do something different let you all be apart of my long journey back (if you want of course!) So I created my Serena Gold toned "S" pin".

The 36-year-old gave birth to daughter Alexis Olympia on September 1, but says post-childbirth health complications that included blood clots in her lungs were nearly fatal. After that it was a matter of gradually asserting herself by taking control of the rallies, and she got the first break of serve in the 11th game of the first set and secured the set in the next game on her third set point.

Speaking after her win over Diyas, she said: "It was incredible".

Former world number one Serena Williams won her first singles match on the WTA Tour for almost 14 months as she returned after the birth of her child.

Ohanian bought four billboards along Interstate 10 outside Palm Springs in tribute to his wife. "I'm really happy about that".

However, she has to buckle up fast as she gears up to face a formidable opponent in Kiki Bertens.

In the men's draw, Roger Federer, 36, said that even though he reclaimed the world No. 1 ranking and captured his 20th career Grand Slam title in January, he still has plenty to prove on the ATP Tour. "As little pressure as there seems to be, there is always pressure on the top guys".

It was meant to be, I think, so I'm really happy about that.

Williams is unseeded at Indian Wells, meaning she had to play in the opening round while the seeded players enjoyed a bye.

Another new mother, Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, won her first-round match over Heather Watson 6-4, 6-2.

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