February 18, 2019

Serena won't play singles in return to court

11 February 2018, 10:20 | Anna Jefferson

Serena Williams yet to decide on Grand Slam return after birth of first child

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But Williams, whose triumph in Melbourne past 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.

"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.

"It's probably been the most fun of my life".

The US and Dutch teams have faced of 8 times in Fed Cup play, with the US holding a 6-2 lead in ties.

Perhaps wary of setting another ambitious target, Williams refused to be drawn on whether she had set her sights on the year's remaining Grand Slams - the French Open, Wimbledon and US Open.

"The 62th ranked Davis, coming off an historic match against WTA No. 1 Simona Halep at the Australian Open, has played just one Fed Cup doubles match in her career (a win with Madison Keys during the 2014 World Group quarterfinals) and said she was 'really happy I've been chosen to be part of the Fed Cup team with these four awesome ladies". "Right now I'm focused on this weekend and after that I'll figure out what it might be".

Williams shared sets with Ostapenko before losing a super tiebreaker and appeared a little slow on her feet, even as she played some fine shots.

But this weekend's headline is the return of Serena Williams, who participated in a December 30 exhibition match but otherwise hasn't played since that 2017 Australian Open.

Serena Williams is scheduled to make her return to competitive action in Fed Cup doubles as the U.S. begin their title defence against Holland.

Petra Kvitova made a tearful return to the Fed Cup on Saturday as she helped 10-time champions Czech Republic into a 2-0 lead over Switzerland in Prague with the two-time Wimbledon victor admitting her team had been inspired by a moving tribute to fellow All England Club champion Jana Novotna.

Baby Alexis Olympia, born in September, was in attendance, too, in the arms of her father, Alexis Ohanian, in the seats right behind them. She'll face Netherlands' No. 2 seed Arantxa Rus in the opening singles match on Saturday at 1 p.m. and will team up with Coco Vandeweghe - ranked No. 17 in the world - in doubles play Sunday against Richel Hogenkamp and Rus. It's a totally new experience and I love motherhood.

"Roger Federer is a really great tennis player", Williams said of the Swiss great. I would never write her off.

"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.

The Netherlands team acknowledged its underdog status, but Hogenkamp said the team has been practicing hard and are ready. "It was better today than yesterday, when I played in the Fed Cup again after such a long time away and needed time to get used to it", she said.

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