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Serena Williams: '25 Slams? I'd hate to limit myself. Nothing to prove'

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Serena Williams makes a backhand return to her sister Venus during the women's singles final January 28, 2017 at the Australian Open.

Right now I'm focused on this weekend and after that, I'll figure out what it might be.' Elaborating on her decision to play the Fed Cup instead of playing a WTA tournament, she stated, 'Why not Fed Cup? Williams teams up with Lauren Davis to face Lesley Kerkhove and Demi Schuurs of the Netherlands in Sunday's doubles match.

United States captain Kathy Rinaldi said the Fed Cup was the flawless venue for Williams to launch her comeback.

Caroline Wozniacki, who captured last month's Australian Open in Serena Williams' absence, told, "She's such an wonderful, incredible athlete".

Venus Williams and Coco Vandeweghe are to play the singles rubbers.

She lost to French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in an exhibition match in Abu Dhabi last December.

"As far as the lineup, we have the lineup set for tomorrow, then of course we'll wait and see how tomorrow goes, then we'll make our adjustments, if any", she said.

Serena Williams has not competed in a Fed Cup tie since April 2015.

Williams' comeback run comes as another titan of the sport - Roger Federer - is enjoying a late-career resurgence, also aged 36.

"It's definitely the start of a long process, " Williams said.

"I don't know any tennis player that has not been inspired by him".

"I have a great partner and relationship with Venus". It's a great opportunity to get a new set of eyes on what I've been doing with Kathy (Rinaldi). Serena who is married to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, said motherhood is "an awesome journey".

"If you look at Serena, how often does she lose to someone that's not ranked in the top 10 or top 20 or outside the top 100?" he said.

But Williams, whose triumph in Melbourne previous year gave her an Open-era record 23rd grand slam - one shy of the all-time record held by Australian Margaret Court - still has a desire to compete in tennis's blue riband events. It goes unsaid 25 is obviously something that I would love, but I'd hate to limit myself.' About her physique holding up in practice sessions after the struggles she had faced immediately after the birth of her daughter, she said, 'There's been a lot of ups and downs in the practice.

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