Indian Wells: Serena Williams eager to hit with big guns again

Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian
Serena Williams marks post-childbirth comeback with a win over Zarina Diyas

09 March, 2018

Serena Williams has admitted she "definitely" wants another baby. As Nicki Swift previously reported, she and her Reddit co-founder husband, Alexis Ohanian, welcomed their first child, daughter Alexis Olympia, in September 2017.

That, and the chance to stick it to those who've tried to put her and her fellow females down all her life.

She has already played in the Tiebreak Tens event in NY and briefly in the Fed Cup, but now she is back in serious competition.

WTA Indian Wells features all the world's top players and all the action is being shown exclusively live on BT Sport every day up to and including until the final on Sunday, March 18th. "I want this gold "S" to mean something special to you personally", she said, then asking her followers to think of "s-words" that mean a lot to them. "Thanks for the support I look forward to seeing you out there!" And yet, simultaneously, her case illustrated how forms of privilege like wealth or public exposure do not always shield black women from certain outcomes. She has been in training for six months, and hopes to rejoin her colleagues in Miami in a fortnight's time.

In 2010, she opened her second school, Serena Williams Secondary in Matiliku, Makueni. Williams won, 10 points to five, though that was hardly relevant in the wider context.

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"Just the feeling of getting back to world No. 1 is deeply gratifying because today when you're older you know how much work you've put into it".

"This is a good time to start for the summer. I'm just excited to be back and playing here, in Madison Square Garden".

Unseeded Williams is scheduled to open her Indian Wells campaign with a first round tie against Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan on Thursday. Williams, along with her sister Venus, established the Compton-based center two years ago, naming it after their sister who was killed in a drive-by shooting in 2003.

No-one said it would be easy, coming back after so long away, at 36 years old, and with the physical trauma that this remarkable champion has overcome in recent months.

Both sisters are competing in the WTA Indian Wells tournament and they landed in the same portion of the draw meaning they could face each other in the third round.

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