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Serena Williams Debuts Adorable Baby Alexis at a Tennis Match

16 February 2018, 04:44 | Stacy Ballard

The 23-time Grand Slam champion played in her first competitive match since winning last year’s Australian Open final

Williams had not played a competitive match since last January

The 36-year-old turned out alongside sister Venus in a doubles clash against the Netherlands at the Fed Cup in North Carolina on Sunday, just five months after giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian.

Serena told reporters that her path back had been full of "ups and downs" but credited her sister with helping her find her rhythm.There had been speculation she may drop out of yesterday's doubles match, against Lesley Kerkhove and Demi Schuurs, after Serena was the only U.S. player to not attend practice in the morning. Speaking to the press about her comeback, Serena said, 'It felt really good to be back on the court.

Tennis star Serena Williams said she was feeling positive after returning to the court for her first competitive match since becoming a mother.

Venus credited team-mate CoCo Vandeweghe, who scored a hard fought win over Hogenkamp the day before, for paving the way."Honestly I like to think CoCo wore her down some. So I feel like that I'm on the right track".

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"Serena's gonna be joining her sister Venus!" she announced, to roars of approval before Williams appeared dressed in a white top, dark blue shorts topped off with a red headband.

French No. 1 Mladenovic had earlier seen off Australian Open semifinalist Mertens 6-4, 6-4 before Alison Van Uytvanck eased past Pauline Parmentier 6-1, 6-3 to pull the hosts level. I'm going to try to do better. "I didn't expect to.have that much power on my serves, even though they didn't go in", said Williams. "I didn't manage my time well, but I was thinking about it, in the future, how to manage it better".

Williams beat Arantxa Rus 6-1 6-4 in Asheville - her 20th Fed Cup singles win - in one hour and 21 minutes to take the first rubber.

But shortly after, the owner on an Open-era record 23 grand slam singles titles drew wild cheers when she confidently stepped to the net and stretched out to drive home a superb backhand volley.

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