Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Serena Williams "ready to go" as she prepares for Fed Cup comeback

Serena Williams

Former world number one Serena Williams, who is looking to return to the top of her sport after taking a break due to her pregnancy, has not played a competitive match since she won the Australian Open title past year for her Open-era record 23rd grand slam.

Williams will make her competitive return on Sunday, scheduled to play doubles for the United States against Netherlands in the Fed Cup. I love motherhood. I look forward to just being the best mom I can be.' When asked about playing the remaining three Majors this year, she said, 'Right now, I don't know.

"I have long-term goals obviously, but right now my main goal is just to stay in the moment", she said.

Serena makes her comeback five months after becoming a mother.

Her Dutch opponent was unable to hold her own and later admitted she had let her nerves get to her as the first set slipped away.

"She's very professional and she has a lot of pride for playing for her country".

1 feels she is in the best place mentally: 'It's been an incredible journey, ' Serena said about motherhood. 'It's something I've never embarked on. But this weekend's headline is the return of Serena Serena, who participated in a Dec.30 exhibition match but otherwise hasn't played since that 2017 Australian Open.

Williams shared sets with Ostapenko before losing a super tiebreaker and appeared a little slow on her feet, even as she played some fine shots.

But Williams, whose triumph in Melbourne previous year gave her an Open-era record 23rd grand slam - one shy of the all-time record held by Australian Margaret Court - still has a desire to compete in tennis's blue riband events.

In the other Fed Cup first-round ties this weekend, Belarus plays host to Germany in Minsk, Switzerland opposes the Czech Republic in Prague, and Belgium visits France in La Roche-sur-Yon.

"Why not Fed Cup?"

The USA-Netherlands victor will meet the France-Belgium victor in the semifinals on April 21 and April 22.

Sunday's scheduled singles matches have Venus Serena facing Hogerkamp and Vandeweghe taking on Russian Federation.

In the second singles, Vandeweghe rallied from a set down, winning the second intense tie-breaker before finding her range against Richel Hogenkamp in a 4-6, 7-6 (8/6), 6-3 victory.

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