Serena all set for tennis return

Serena Williams

Serena Williams

The 23-time grand slam singles victor gave birth to Alexis Olympia on September 1 and has been working her way back to fitness. Serena has won 10 of her last 12 matches on hard court. "She's going to bring that instinct on the court with her, so I don't think she's too anxious about that". But I keep going and I know that I might not be at my best yet but I'm getting there. "As long as I'm moving forward, even if it's at a turtle's pace, then I'm OK with that".

The American great stepped up preparations for her first competitive singles appearance since winning last year's Australian Open by playing the Tie Break Tens at Madison Square Garden on Monday.

"This is a good sign for me, now I'm ready for the future". "Once I was asked by my coach, Pat (Cash), if I was going to be available around that time, I said, 'Yeah, I'll make myself available.' So it didn't take much thinking".

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'In two months I'll be way better but you have to start somewhere.

"I think she will be ready for Roland Garros".

Williams has now revealed that she is ready to return to action, but admitted she will not be at her best. Who knows how she'll come out of the starting gate. The 23-time Grand Slam champion won both of their previous matches, including a 6-2, 6-0 win in Indian Wells in 2015. And also by giving her daughter a meaningful chance to watch her play. She needs more than anything to compete and that is why she will plan to play Indian Wells and Miami.

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"I think it's important to speak up loud and clear and say: 'No, this isn't right". She doesn't just want to show up and give somebody a leg up so they can say "oh I beat Serena".

Williams conceded she's sometimes surprised by how well she's playing when the new mother reminds herself she thought she "would have retired six years ago".

She drew Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan in the first round of the women's singles. The match is likely to be played on Thursday evening, Californian time. It's just a little different.

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The victor of two tournaments already this year, Svitolina won the last seven points against Venus to win 10-3, before crushing Vandeweghe 10-0 and then powering to victory in the final against Zhang 10-3.

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