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Rusty Serena defeated but U.S. advance to semis

Rusty Serena defeated but U.S. advance to semis

Williams' 5-month-old daughter Alexis, whom Williams calls by her middle name, Olympia, accompanied her mother this weekend for the United States' first-round Fed Cup win against the Netherlands, during which Williams played her first official match in 13 months. "I feel like that's a very good step in the right direction".

The Williams sisters were beaten 6-2, 6-3 by Lesley Kerkhove and Demi Schuurs but the USA team had already won the tie to advance to the semi-finals.

But, as reported by the Mirror, she was more concerned with her little girl being present at the match.

With this in mind, the crowds applauded and cheered the superstar as she fought her way back into competitive tournaments. "That gave me an opportunity to be able to close it out for the U.S.", she said.

"I feel like I didn't expect to play, you know, like that for me".

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In the absence of seventh-ranked Caroline Garcia, who is declining to play for France as she focuses on her singles career, the 13th-ranked Mladenovic led the way by winning both her singles. "I feel like I'm on the right track for me".

The former world No1 played in an exhibition match in December after giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia but skipped this year's Australian Open.

Serena had previously said that her path back had been full of "ups and downs", crediting Venus with helping her regain her rhythm. "Or I'll get angry about the crying, then sad about being angry, and then guilty, like, 'Why do I feel so sad when I have a attractive baby?' The emotions are insane". Serena appeared particularly slow on her feet and was poor in her shot selection after more than a year away from the sport.

"They have a strong caliber, because Angie (Kerber) has been playing excellent Tennis this year and (Julia) Goerges played great in the second half of last year and she started well this year too", said Pala.


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