Serena Williams returns to WTA Tour at Indian Wells

Serena Williams in Fed Cup action

Williams, a 23-time grand slam singles champion, showcased her power and groundstrokes to see off Diyas 7-5 6-3.

Speaking after her win over Diyas, she said: "It was incredible".

As for Indian Wells, Williams just wants to take it in.

Williams offset four aces with four double faults. She had break points in the first and fifth games but couldn't convert.

The second set was a fairly even contest, with Williams again coming through on most of the big points. Winning the majors is the expectation for Williams, according to her trainer.

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The two-time grand slam victor last played at Wimbledon in July before the legal battle over the custody of her son kept Azarenka off the court for the rest of the season. I probably will never just focus on playing tennis, being a mum, overall by having extra unnecessary things definitely doesn't make it easier.

"We always have a couple tight sets".

"I was thinking from zero to Serena, I'm probably just with the "S", I got a little ways to go".

Yulia Putintseva will have her second match at the tournament in Indian Wells tonight, at 1.00 a.m. Astana time.

Also in Williams' box were her mother Oracene, sisters Lyndrea and Isha, her agent, and her coach Patrick Mouratoglou. Elder sister Venus watched from a balcony seat in an upper-level box on a 20° night in the southern California desert.

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When Davis was asked if he would be good to go against the Kings, he was coy. "We're thrilled with how he's played for us". This comes after New Orleans lost All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins for the season to a ruptured Achilles back in January.

The last time Serena Williams steeped onto a tournament court was for the 2017 Australia Open last January. In an interview on Tuesday with Entertainment Tonight, the tennis pro shared that she's hoping she and husband Alexis Ohanian can give 6-month-old daughter Alexis Olympia a younger sibling sometime in the near future.

For Serena, it has been her first match after a 14-month layoff. "My comeback could not have come on a better day".

Very vocal about women's rights and their empowerment, Brit Fed Cup Captain Judy Murray has called for Serena Williams' help in bringing about the change. "It was meant to be I think". She hadn't played since Wimbledon last summer before she was granted a wild card into Indian Wells. She's been sidelined because of a child custody dispute that limited her travel. She plays Kiki Bertens in the next round. She received a wildcard for this tournament, which allowed her to play her first competitive match since succumbing to a fourth-round defeat at Wimbledon past year.

American teenager Cici Bellis set up a second-round meeting with defending champion Elena Vesnina.

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Marsh's valiant knock of 96 helped Australia recover from 177/5 to 351 all out, a respectable score on a bowler-friendly surface. There was spin there for him, but fortune was not on his side, with South Africa largely playing him well out of the rough.

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