Serena Williams set to return to competitive Tennis, few months after giving birth

Five months after giving birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia, tennis pro Serena Williams will be returning to the court for the Fed Cup, according to the U.S. Tennis Association, Elle reports.
It’s the first competitive match Williams will have played in more than a year, and she’ll be joined on the team by none other than her sister, Venus Williams. It’s the first time in two years that either sister has been on Team USA, and the USTA points out the team has never lost with both sisters playing.
Williams was set to compete in the 2018 Australia Open this month but then issued a statement saying “although I am super close, I’m not where I personally want to be” and withdrew from the competition. “My coach and team always said, ‘Only go to tournaments when you are prepared to go all the way.’ I can compete—but I don’t want to just compete, I want to do far better than that and to do so, I will need a little more time,” she said in the statement.
The decision to withdraw came after Williams’ 2017 French Open loss against Jelena Ostapenko on Dec. 30, her first match since giving birth.


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