Serena Williams announces return to tennis set for International Women's Day

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Court lost the 1971 Wimbledon final while pregnant with her first child, but Williams won the Australian Open in 2017 with little Alexis growing in her belly. "So, I expect her to be at full flight". She plays Naomi Osaka of Japan on Wednesday. But I'm getting there and every day is a new day and every day I should be getting better.

The birth of Williams' daughter, Alexis Olympia, was followed by complications that scuppered the player's plans to defend her title in Melbourne. Williams pointed out to the BBC that her access to healthcare, as well as her familiarity with her medical history and physical changes in her body, offer her certain protections that many other black women in this country lack.

"Because of what I went through, it would be really hard if I didn't have the healthcare that I have - and to imagine all the other women that do go through that without the same healthcare, without the same response, it's upsetting".

But the tennis superstar insists that it can be hard being a working mother, especially when her husband Alexis - who is the co-founder of website Reddit - is also often busy.

Zarina Diyas was no match for the 23-time grand slam champion on Friday in California
Zarina Diyas was no match for the 23-time grand slam champion on Friday in California

"It was good", she said of the experience. "As long as I'm moving forward, even if it's at a turtle's pace, then I'm OK with that". "I just want to do the best that I can". For the next six weeks after giving birth, Serena was bedridden as she recovered from her pregnancy difficulties.

Williams, a victor of 23 Grand Slam titles, is in the same quarter of the draw as older sister Venus.

The first clues to Williams' form will be displayed in Thursday's night game against Diyas, Serena's first match in Indian Wells will be Thursday night against Diyas, the 24-year-old world number 53 from Kazakhstan.

If Williams wins, she is likely to face the No29 seed Kiki Bertens, and if all goes well and Williams makes the third round, she could meet the No8 seed, her sister Venus. Williams has beaten Diyas both times they've met, including at Indian Wells in 2015.

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