Serena Williams Isn't Done Winning Titles

Arnold Nichols
March 9, 2018

The match length was 1 hour, 32 minutes. "Thursday, the day I play my very first match, marks International Women's Day", Williams, one of the world's most successful tennis players, told the BBC Wednesday. She has been in training for six months, and hopes to rejoin her colleagues in Miami in a fortnight's time.

She has already played in the Tiebreak Tens event in NY and briefly in the Fed Cup, but now she is back in serious competition.

And said return has been a long time coming, but there were complications from the birth that forced her to miss training time and she hasn't felt physically ready for full-on competition until now.

She also made the final of the Australian Open and the quarterfinals in Rome and at this tournament.

In 2010, she opened her second school, Serena Williams Secondary in Matiliku, Makueni. She didn't convert it, but it was close.

With her husband, the founder of social network Reddit, worth a measly £6m - again, how dare she? - it's fair to assume she's not returning to the court because she needs the money. Azarenka, who gave birth to son Leo in December 2016, has been in a custody fight that limited her travel.

A couple of forehand winners and a service victor saw Williams take an 8-4 lead, and she finally finished it off with another winning serve. I love it. I love her so much.

Williams bowed out in the second round, gaining a 9-7 lead over China's Zhang Shuai but eventually falling 13-11.

But the tennis superstar insists that it can be hard being a working mother, especially when her husband Alexis - who is the co-founder of website Reddit - is also often busy. On Diyas' next service game, Williams finally converted on a break - her sixth attempt - and was suddenly serving for the set. She was joined by wild card Danielle Collins and Jennifer Brady, who both got stretched to three sets. Diyas netted a forehand and Williams yelled, "Come on!" as the crowd cheered.

It will not take her to 300 match-wins-that will have to wait a few days when she begins her campaign at one of the biggest WTA tournaments of the year in Indian Wells: She remains at 299, and an impressive 14-2 for the year. Diyas was then up, 40-0, on the ensuing serve, but Williams fought all the way back to deuce.

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