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Serena enjoys winning return at Indian Wells

Serena Williams conceded she had been rusty on her return to professional tennis after more than a year away from the game but still did enough to secure a 7-5 6-3 win over Zarina Diyas in the first round of the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday. Williams, who had not played a singles match since winning the 2017 Australian Open while pregnant, chalked up 27 unforced errors with 34 winners to defeat her 53rd-ranked opponent in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd in California. “It was incredible. It’s been over a year…

Smith rues ‘brain fade’, enjoys Kohli ‘banter’

Australia skipper Steve Smith described his decision Tuesday to look for guidance from the dressing room after being dismissed in his side’s 75-run defeat to India as a “brain fade”. The Aussie batsman also said repeated exchanges of words with his Indian counterpart Virat Kohli during the tempestuous second Test in Bangalore were just “a bit of banter”. Smith’s lbw dismissal to Umesh Yadav was a major setback to Australia’s 188-run chase, with the hosts eventually bundling the visitors for only 112 in the final…