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Serena ready for comeback after 'ups and downs'

Serena ready for comeback after 'ups and downs'

Former world number one Serena Williams, who is looking to return to the top of her sport after taking a break due to her pregnancy, has not played a competitive match since she won the Australian Open title previous year for her Open-era record 23rd grand slam.

Five months after becoming a mother, Serena Williams is ready to return to competitive tennis for the first time since her 2017 Australian Open title.

Speaking ahead of her comeback at the Fed Cup in Asheville, North Carolina, where the United States will begin the defence of its crown against an unfancied Netherlands team, the 36-year-old said she had the benefit of a new outlook following the birth of her baby daughter Alexis Olympia in September.

Williams and Vandeweghe won their singles matches Saturday to give the USA a 2-0 lead over the Netherlands.

"It's definitely the start of a long process", Serena said. "Every time you hit a second serve, you see someone at the other side standing one or two meters inside the baseline".

Rinaldi did not rule out the chance of Williams playing singles on Sunday, saying only that adjustments to the current lineup, if any, would only be made after Saturday's action.

Aryna Sabalenka put Belarus 1-0 with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 win over Tatjana Maria, but Antonia Lottner levelled the tie with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

"I don't really know about these milestones when they happen", she said.

And Captain Rinaldi stuck to the original schedule, sending No. 8 Venus Williams to try and clinch the tie against Richel Hogenkamp. Williams teams up with Lauren Davis to face Lesley Kerkhove and Demi Schuurs of the Netherlands in Sunday's doubles match.

Williams and Rus exchanged service breaks in the first five games of the second set, with Williams grabbing a 3-2 lead.

Williams now joins Billie Jean King, Chris Evert and Lindsay Davenport as the only American women to have won 20 or more Federation Cup singles matches.

"I thought maybe a few of my balls were flying a little bit", Williams said.

'Knowing I've got this lovely baby to go home to makes me feel like I don't have to play another match.

Vandeweghe's early frustration came to a head when at 2-0 down in the second set and having lost six consecutive games, she smashed her racket in the latest tantrum of her mercurial career. "Sometimes it looked like they were about to go out, but they landed in so I was lucky".

Last year, U.S. won the Fed Cup title for the 18th time, and the first since 2000, extending its record for most Fed Cup titles.

'She enjoys Fed Cup, and Serena and Venus have been extremely supportive, and it happened to be a good fit.

When neither Williams sister played in the Fed Cup previous year, Vandeweghe led the U.S.to its 2017 title by going 6-0 in singles matches and 2-0 in doubles.

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