Williams hopes returning to action now will stand her in good stead for the year's three remaining grand slams, adding: "If I want to play in those grand slams and play well then now is the ideal time to start".
Williams could not hide her joy in the lead-up to her return, sharing her emotions across social media platforms.
"Serena told me that Olympia thinks Leo is her boyfriend", Azarenka said before Williams concurred. 7, and that all her tournaments will be in California and Florida.
Serena, after her year's absence, arrives without a ranking and thus unseeded, and will first play the 53-ranked Zarina Diyas-a woman who is a dozen years younger than the two-time former champion.
She was, she afterwards revealed, nearly two months pregnant at the time, and went on to have her daughter Alexis Olympia, in September.
"It is something I have thought about and would like to keep thinking about it". I have this undying drive to be the best that I can be. To celebrate the occasion, she shared her new "Serena Gold" pins, whose sale will benefit the Yetunde Price Resource Center, a place that helps rehabilitate those affected by violence, VIBE reports. What is one S word in your life that means something to you? "Mine [are] Strong and Sure! So when I wear my "S" pin I am representing Strength, and Sureness".
That's what Williams' husband, internet entrepreneur Alexis Ohanian, has done to mark his wife's return to the day job, setting up the tribute on the eastbound I-10 which will take spectators to the Indian Wells event. She wrote, " I want this gold "S" to mean something special to you personally. "As long as I'm moving forward, even if it's at a turtle's pace, then I'm definitely OK with that".