Fed Cup: After doubles loss, Serena says she’s on track

Fed Cup: After doubles loss, Serena says she’s on track

Fed Cup: After doubles loss, Serena says she’s on track

By / Sports News / Tuesday, 13 February 2018 06:57

Asheville,
Serena Williams was understandably far from her best in her return to competition but the greatest player of her generation said it was a positive step toward her goal of returning to the pinnacle of her sport.

Williams, playing her first official match since having a baby, and older sister Venus were beaten in a dead doubles rubber by the Netherlands in the Fed Cup in Asheville, North Carolina, but walked away feeling upbeat. “I honestly feel better than I thought I was going to feel,” said Williams, who prior to Sunday had not played a competitive match since her 2017 Australian Open victory. “I feel like I didn’t expect to play, you know, like that for me. I feel like I’m on the right track.” Williams, who gave birth to her first child last September, showed glimpses of both her prowess and rust during the 6-2 6-3 loss to Demi Schuurs and Lesley Kerkhove. USA secured a 3-1 victory in the first round over the Netherlands.

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