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Serena Williams won't play Fed Cup Saturday singles matches

11 February 2018

Serena Williams gave fans a sneak peek of what her highly-anticipated return to the court will look like on Saturday, as she cheered on sister Venus with the help of her husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, and five-month old daughter Alexis Olympia.

"She enjoys Fed Cup, and Serena and Venus have been extremely supportive, and it happened to be a good fit".

Venus Williams will play Arantxa Rus and Coco Vandeweghe will face Richel Hogerkamp during Saturday's singles matches. She and Davis will face world number 165 Lesley Kerkhove and Demi Schuurs, who is ranked 32nd in doubles.

The 36-year-old last played competitively at the 2017 Australian Open, having given birth to her first child in September.

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"It's definitely the start of a long process", Williams said. "The thing about Serena is she's never going to come back unless she feels she's where she wants to be tennis-wise, physically and mentally". Every day, I get better and I get stronger.

The 23-time Grand Slam victor also said on Friday she's not sure if she will participate in the remaining Grand Slam events this year, as part of her goal of catching up to 24-time victor Margaret Court.

"It goes unsaid 25 is obviously something that I would love, but I hate to limit myself". "It's a totally new experience". "There (are) moments that have just been hard, just getting back out there and doing it every day". "There is a sense of pride you have when you play for more than yourself".

"She'll be ready to go".

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Serena Williams acknowledged there have been "a lot of ups and downs" in her comeback as she mentioned "fighting against all odds to be out there and to be competing again".

'More players are playing better tennis, but I think nobody's really grabbed it. Consistency is lacking for [the chasing pack] to be able to compete against Serena. Williams had told Vogue magazine that she developed several small blood clots in her lungs after her daughter was born.

But Williams, whose triumph in Melbourne past year gave her an Open-era record 23rd grand slam - one shy of the all-time record held by Australian Margaret Court - still has a desire to compete in tennis's blue riband events.

"It actually is a really ideal opportunity to try to come back", Williams said.

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Serena Williams won't play Fed Cup Saturday singles matches