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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…

Venus Williams reveals sister Serena is expecting a baby girl

PARIS: Serena Williams will be the mother of a baby girl, if sister Venus is to be believed after she appeared to let the secret slip on Wednesday. Venus, playing at the French Open in Paris, told a TV interviewer: "She's going to call me her favourite aunt." "We all like 'baby V, baby Lyn, baby Isha'. We all want the baby to be named after us," the 36-year-old told Eurosport, referring to the names of Serena's sisters. Serena, who revealed she was pregnant in April, has refused to discuss the sex of the baby she is…

Serena defers engagement joy to focus on Melbourne effort

WASHINGTON: Serena Williams drive to reach the overall record for grand slam titles was never more evident at Melbourne Park on Saturday when she revealed that her engagement to fiancee Alexis Ohanian was being forced to take a back seat. The world number two announced her commitment to the social media entrepreneur shortly before the New Year and while it was "great", she was pushing it to the back of her mind, at least until after Melbourne Park. "I've said from the beginning, I just didn't want to think about it…

Serena withdraws from WTA Finals

SINGAPORE: US superstar Serena Williams has withdrawn from the elite WTA Finals in Singapore, saying she's still working to recover from the shoulder troubles that hindered her in 2016. The WTA announced Williams' withdrawal from the event that starts on October 23 on their Twitter feed, posting a video of Williams explaining the decision. It will be the second straight year that Williams is skipping the season finale in Singapore due to injury. "Hey everyone in Singapore," Williams said. "I'm really, really bummed that I…

Serena Williams knocked out of Wimbledon by Cornet

LONDON: Top seed Serena Williams' challenge for a sixth Wimbledon singles title fizzled out with a shock 1-6 6-3 6-4 defeat by France's Alize Cornet on Saturday. The 32-year-old American was untroubled in the first set but her game disintegrated as 25th seed Cornet took control in front of a stunned crowd on Court One. Persistent rain at the All England Club meant only two games were possible when play started and when the players returned four hours later it was Williams who looked determined to make up for lost time with…