Serena beaten in first official match

Tricia Pearson
February 15, 2018

"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.

Serena Williams played in her first competitive tennis match in a year as she teamed up with her elder sister Venus Williams in the doubles match against the Netherlands in a World Group first round clash at the Fed Cup on Sunday. Serving now For her 12th Wimbledon title.

With this in mind, the crowds applauded and cheered the superstar as she fought her way back into competitive tournaments. "I've been training and it was just exciting to be out there", Serena said after the match.

"I feel like I didn't expect to play, you know, like that for me". Both were in attendance over the weekend, seated just behind the players' box. I think obviously she's going to be disappointed she lost, but I think she realized from that match, 'I need more matches like this.' I think she's going to be fine.

"I feel like I'm on the right track", she said.

In Asheville, the first match back was something of a litmus test for Williams, who spoke earlier in the weekend of the ups and downs she has experienced in trying to get back into the rhythm of waking up every day and hitting the practice court.

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She had initially targeted last month's Australian Open and a defence of her 2017 title but struggled during an exhibition match against Jelena Ostapenko in Abu Dhabi in December, forcing her to revise her plans.

Earlier Sunday, Venus Williams defeated Richel Hogenkamp 7-5, 6-1 to give the USA a decisive 3-0 lead, with the scheduled singles match between CoCo Vandeweghe and Arantxa Rus scrapped.

"I didn't manage my time well, but I was thinking about it in the future how to manage it better", the younger Williams said.

The 36-year-old tennis great became a first-time mother on September 1.

Serena Williams' multimillionaire husband, Alexis Ohanian, seems to be very much at home handling daddy duty as his celebrity wife sets out to reconquer the tennis world.

After that, Williams walked off the court with her sister by her side and the pair shared a smile, despite the loss.

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