Serena Plays First Competitive Match In Over A Year At Fed Cup

Jessica Allison
February 16, 2018

Serena Williams lost her first official match since maternity leave as her and sister Venus were beaten in a doubles dead rubber by the Netherlands in the Fed Cup in Asheville, North Carolina on Sunday.

Serena told reporters that her path back had been full of "ups and downs" but credited her sister with helping her find her rhythm.There had been speculation she may drop out of yesterday's doubles match, against Lesley Kerkhove and Demi Schuurs, after Serena was the only United States player to not attend practice in the morning.

"Sometimes I get really down and feel like, 'Man, I can't do this, '" Williams told Vogue on January 10 about motherhood. It also marks the first time Serena has competed in a professional match since giving birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. back in September. That's good. I think that's normal.' Continuing, while speaking about expectations placed on her, she said, 'I'm always going to have the best and highest expectations for myself. "I feel like I'm on the right track for me".

Serena Williams is back in the game, with two adorable cheerleaders! "It was hard. It was the first time for me". Maybe that's why I felt like I did better.

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In the absence of seventh-ranked Caroline Garcia, who is declining to play for as she focuses on her singles career, the 13th-ranked Mladenovic led the way by winning both her singles.

There had been speculation she may drop out of Sunday's doubles match, but team captain Kathy Rinaldi confirmed her participation after Venus won her singles match against Richel Hogenkamp earlier to seal victory for the United States, 3-0.

Two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova, playing in her first Fed Cup tie since she was attacked by a knife-wielding burglar at her home in December 2016, eased past Belinda Bencic 6-2, 6-4 to give the Czechs an unassailable 3-0 lead over Switzerland in Prague.

The seven-time Grand Slam victor, who enjoyed a renaissance year in 2017, earlier shook off a scratchy start to prevail 7-5, 6-1 in her singles match, ensuring the USA could continue their defence of the title.

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