Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Serena Williams wins her comeback match

Serena Williams wins her comeback match

In the match, Serena Williams defeated Zarina Diyas (7-5, 6-3).

Serena Williams played her first main-draw match since winning the 2017 Australian Open and came out on top at the Indian Wells Masters on Thursday.

Serena Williams has won her first match in her comeback at the BNP Paribas Open after a 14-month layoff for the birth of her first child.

"It truly means the world to me to be here, to play and to enjoy myself", an emotional Azarenka said after the match. "I get to go home now to her so I'm excited about that".

Last month, she teamed up with sister Venus Williams in the Fed Cup, but they lost in straight sets.

Azarenka, who next faces US Open champion Sloane Stephens in the second round, admits it's been hard going through so many false starts the past few months, preparing to compete only to find out she can not. Her life has been so in flux recently, she wasn't even sure she would be able to play at Indian Wells until last week.

Williams was given a standing ovation as she walked onto court.

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During her break, the tennis star had her hands full.

Williams edged a hard opening set, which remained on serve until the 11th game, when the 36-year-old moved ahead, much to the delight of the crowd.

"Right now, for this particular tournament, I'm really just trying to take it easy and not put so much pressure or stress or expectation on myself", she said, per The New York Post. "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". USA captain Kathy Rinaldi has the right to change her Sunday lineup after Saturday's play. She skipped practice sessions and needed five three-set wins before eventually claiming the title over Lucie Safarova. I'm a little rusty.

Also in her box was Williams' mother, Oracene, sisters Lyndrea and Isha, her agent and her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou. The fourth billboard shows a photograph of Williams and their daughter with the phrase "G.M.O.A.T" - greatest mother of all time - and is signed by Alexis Sr and Jr.

At the end of Thursday, Williams was once again a victor on court following that 'journey'. Indian Hills is Williams' first step toward another Grand Slam title.

In other first-round matches, Cici Bellis overpowered qualifier Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-0, 6-3.

Bellis earned a second-round matchup with defending champion Elena Vesnina of Russian Federation.

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