Tennis star Serena Williams said she was feeling positive after returning to the court for her first competitive match since becoming a mother.
Serena Williams has been keeping it pretty low-key (if appearing on the cover of Vogue is low-key) since the birth of her daughter Alexis Ohanian Jr, but the tennis champion resurfaced this past weekend for a few matches at the Fed Cup in North Carolina.
Williams was left bedridden for six weeks due to a series of complications with Alexis' birth, including a pulmonary embolism that led to multiple surgeries, with her daughter delivered by emergency cesarean section.
Serena Williams may make jaws drop when she plays tennis, but her adorable baby daughter Alexis Olympia is making hearts melt on the court. Williams said she hadn't known what to expect Sunday and acknowledged she needs to improve in all aspects, but she added that "I feel like I'm on the right track". "It was hard, it was the first time for me".
Serena had previously said that her path back had been full of "ups and downs", crediting Venus with helping her regain her rhythm.
Ever the perfectionist, Williams admitted balancing work and new motherhood is a challenge: "I didn't manage my time well, but I was thinking about it in the future how to manage it better, "she said after the match". After the match, she admitted that she wasn't quite where she wanted to be yet, and wanted to take more time to get back into her best possible match shape. I'm always going to have the best and highest expectations for myself. "I've been training and it was just exciting to be out there", she said.
Ahead of the tie, Serena had refused to be drawn on her Grand Slam hopes for the year.
The dead-rubber was supposed to be the feel-good, icing on the cake, but the Dutch players had other ideas.
Women's tennis abandoned much of its sense of order and has instead been thrilling and surprising in the absence of its most dominant player, with three women of varying levels of experience on the WTA tour winning their first-career Grand Slams in the past year.