Serena Williams triumphantly returned to the Australian Open for the primary time since profitable the title in 2017 whereas pregnant, simply defeating Germany’s Tatjana Maria in a first-round match on Tuesday.
“Yeah, I believe the final time I used to be right here, I used to be pregnant and enjoying on the identical time, which is insane,” Williams advised the Related Press following her 6-Zero, 6-2 victory. “It’s form of bizarre strolling again on, on my own this time.”
Williams was within the early phases of her being pregnant when she gained the Australian championship ― her 23rd Grand Slam title ― in late January of 2017. Her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., was born on Sept. 1, 2017.
Tuesday’s match in Melbourne was the primary official one for Williams since her controversial loss in U.S Open closing spherical final September.
Williams acknowledged her return to the Australian Open with an Instagram submit that made a wry reference to the circumstances of her final look there. “Taking part in solo this time,” she wrote.
Williams, 37, will play within the second spherical in opposition to Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard later this week. Bouchard expressed her pleasure to play in opposition to Williams.
“I believe she’s the best ever,” she mentioned, in keeping with Reuters. “So it’s simply so cool that I’ll be capable to share the courtroom along with her and a chance to see how I examine to probably the greatest gamers.”