Former world primary Serena Williams made her return to competitive tennis 5 months after giving start as she teamed up with sister Venus for the US workforce in the Fed Cup.
In what was a last-minute change to the billing because the Americans had already received the tie towards the Netherlands, the pair misplaced the lifeless doubles rubber 6-2 6-Three.
But this was by no means concerning the scoreline, as demonstrated by the standing ovation and loud cheers that welcomed again the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion.
And amongst these in the sell-out crowd in Asheville, North Carolina was child Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.
“It’s great. It’s her first match so I’m glad she got to see it,” Serena stated in an on-court interview.
Serena, enjoying her first competitive match since successful the 2017 Australian Open whereas eight weeks pregnant, had been scheduled to associate Lauren Davis for the match towards Lesley Kerkhove and Demi Schuurs.
But with the US having already booked their spot in April’s semi-finals, captain Kathy Rinaldi made the favored resolution to pair up the Williams sisters, who’ve received 14 Grand Slam doubles titles collectively.
Serena, 36, had already postponed her return this yr, lacking the Australian Open in January to give her extra time to get better from the start.
She had revealed she was bedridden for six weeks and had to have surgical procedure after her daughter was delivered by emergency caesarean part.
She stated final week that she had not yet decided whether or not she’s going to compete at this yr’s remaining three Grand Slams.