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Serena Williams admits to rollercoaster ride ahead of Fed Cup return

11 February, 2018, 05:04 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
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   Serena Williams missed the Australian Open due to fitness concerns

Serena Williams, who has not played a competitive match since she won the Australian Open title previous year, will team up with Lauren Davis in a doubles match that will be played even if the US clinch the tie earlier.

Williams pulled out of last month's Australian Open after deciding she wasn't yet ready to return to competitive action, following the birth of her baby daughter last September.

Venus Williams got the defending champion United States off to a winning start in their Fed Cup first-round tie against the Netherlands on Saturday before CoCo Vandeweghe survived a scare to extend the lead to 2-0. "On paper, today I looked like I should win but it was a battle and I'm glad to get through that". She is instead scheduled to make her return this weekend, paired with Lauren Davis against Lesley Kerkhove and Demi Schuurs. "It also gives me another view, it's nearly relaxing for me as I have nothing to prove".

Williams heads a powerful USA team that includes her elder sister, and eighth-ranked, Venus, world number 17 CoCo Vandeweghe as well as world number 62 Lauren Davis.

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

United States captain Kathy Rinaldi said the Fed Cup was the flawless venue for Williams to launch her comeback.




"As far as the lineup, we have the lineup set for tomorrow, then of course we'll wait and see how tomorrow goes, then we'll make our adjustments, if any", she said.

Again, just fighting against all odds to be out there, to be competing again.' Serena also indicated Venus as her inspiration on her journey to comeback: 'She's been really, really positive. The 36-year-old and former world no. "I definitely have. Yeah, just trekking on, we keep doing the same thing".

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Williams needs one more Grand Slam title to tie the record held by Australia's Margaret Court. Serena who is married to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, said motherhood is "an wonderful journey".

"It goes unsaid 25 [Grand Slams] is obviously something that I would love, but I'd hate to limit myself".

"It's never a win until it's over", she said.

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