Serena Williams Returns to Tennis, Baby Girl Cheers Her On

Serena Williams' daughter Alexis Olympia steals hearts as mum returns to competitive sport

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I think obviously she's going to be disappointed she lost, but I think she realized from that match, 'I need more matches like this.' I think she's going to be fine.

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

Early in the match Serena showed the effects of her lengthy layoff, perhaps most noticeably when she shanked a routine volley that left her bent over in embarrassment. "I feel like that's a very good step in the right direction". "I've been training and it was just exciting to be out there", Serena said after the match. I feel like I'm on the right track.' She also added, 'I really don't know.

But she was determined to put on a fearless face after the loss took some of the shine off the Americans' otherwise decisive 3-1 win that booked their place in the next round against France in April. No one talks about the low moments - the pressure you feel, the incredible letdown every time you hear the baby cry.

They have enjoyed enormous support from a sold-out 5,200 -strong crowd in the mountainous city of Asheville, North Carolina, famous for its historic architecture, breweries and vibrant art scene.Venus' participation meant there was no room for Lauren Davis, the US' fourth player.

"It was really special to be back out here with Venus and we're so happy Team USA won today", Serena Williams said in quotes published on the official Fed Cup website.

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. "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 lovely baby?' The emotions are insane".

"I didn't manage my time well", she said.

The American star took time away from the sport to give birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia and get married, to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.

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