Serena Williams' Return to Tennis Will Also Benefit a Great Cause

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Serena Williams conceded she had been rusty on her return to professional tennis after more than a year away from the game but still did enough to secure a 7-5 6-3 win over Zarina Diyas in the first round of the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday.

"It's official. My comeback is here. She can play good tennis again but I don't know if it is going to be at this tournament maybe it will take her a while". "When I am playing you can wear it and show support not only for me but also for my charity, which supports the Yetunde Price Resource center".

Williams was handed a wildcard for an event with which she has endured a mixed relationship, having won the title in 1999 and 2001 but also boycotted for several years because of racial harassment.

Williams' high profile means she enjoys plenty of the spotlight, but the 36-year-old wants to see other female players given equal opportunity to shine.

Also in Williams' box were her mother Oracene, sisters Lyndrea and Isha, her agent, and her coach Patrick Mouratoglou. I want this gold "S" mean something special to you personally.

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I'm like 'how am I going to keep going?' "Mine [are] Strong and Sure!"

The athlete recently revealed on Instagram that she created a gold-plated "S" pin that stands for the athlete's name, as well as "Strength" and 'Sureness'. Williams has beaten Diyas both times they've met, including at Indian Wells in 2015. "Post pics of you wearing your "S" and tag me!" she continued.

Williams did not fluff too many lines on her latest opening night. "I'm just out here on this journey and doing the best I can". "If I want to play in those grand slams (the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open) and play well, I think now is the ideal time to start".

Serena Williams is back on the tennis court for International Women's Day. The nurse thought she was confused as a result of the pain medication, Williams insisted until doctors ordered an ultrasound of her legs and eventually sent her for the CT.

In an open letter, Williams describes how Olympia was an emergency C-section and Williams' heart rate dropped considerably during the process. "I'm just excited to be back and playing here, in Madison Square Garden".

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