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Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Serena Williams again on court docket after being pregnant

Serena Williams again on court docket after being pregnant

That's good. I think that's normal.' Continuing, while speaking about expectations placed on her, she said, 'I'm always going to have the best and highest expectations for myself. This is also first time the sisters have played doubles together in this tournament since 2003. The sister-duo lost the match to the Netherlands' Lesley Kerkhove and Demi Schuurs, but Williams is confident that her comeback is on track.

Serena Williams had said her return to tennis would represent the "start of a long process". "That gave me an opportunity to be able to close it out for the United States of America", she said.

"I honestly feel better than I thought I was going to feel, I feel like I didn't expect to play".

The result took some of the shine off the United States' otherwise decisive victory, leaving the final score 3-1 for the defending champions, booking a semifinal clash against France in April.

Despite the loss, it was a positive step for Serena, who was bedridden for six weeks from a series of complications, including a pulmonary embolism that led to multiple surgeries, after her daughter was delivered by emergency caesarean section.

The stakes were low in Asheville, with its passionately pro-Williams crowd, a win in the Fed Cup tie already clinched and sister Venus right next to her on court for support, but still, Williams didn't have to play this weekend, just five months after giving birth.

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've broken down I don't know how many times.

Williams said: "This is literally my first time travelling with the baby and everything. Or I'll get angry about the crying, then sad about being angry, and then guilty, like, 'Why do I feel so sad when I have a handsome baby?' The emotions are insane". Both were in attendance over the weekend, seated just behind the players' box.

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