Serena Williams returns, Fed Cup 'start of a long process'

Serena Williams returns, Fed Cup 'start of a long process'

Serena Williams returns, Fed Cup 'start of a long process'

'Maybe this goes without saying, but it needs to be said in a powerful way: I absolutely want more Grand Slams, she told Vogue in an interview last month.

The former world number one, who has not played in more than a year following pregnancy and the birth of her daughter, will partner Lauren Davis in tomorrow's fifth rubber against Dutch duo Lesley Kerkhove and Demi Schuurs.

'We saw her play an exhibition at the end of last year, but this is a great way for her to start the year and get a couple matches or a match behind her. Serena' 23 Grand Slam singles titles put her one behind the record held by Margaret Court.

Williams said she has benefited from having her sister alongside her as she attempts this comeback.

"She'll be ready to go".

'She enjoys Fed Cup, and Serena and Venus have been extremely supportive, and it happened to be a good fit. "But she's definitely remained just very youthful and childlike at heart". It's not a secret that I have my sights on 25. "I think sometimes motherhood changes people in a way that they become less young and more serious, but that hasn't affected her".

Serena's sister Venus Williams and CoCo Vandeweghe are set to contest the singles rubbers for the US.

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But Williams, whose triumph in Melbourne a year ago 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.

Coco Vandeweghe and Lauren Davis complete a U.S. line-up that is expected to earn a relatively easy victory over a Dutch team, all of whom are ranked outside the top 100 in the WTA singles rankings.

Williams heads a powerful USA team that includes her elder sister, and eighth-ranked, Venus, world number 17 CoCo Vandeweghe as well as world number 62 Lauren Davis.

Elise Mertens, who made the Australian Open semi-finals last month, gave Belgium the first point by easing past Pauline Parmentier 6-2, 6-1 before Kristina Mladenovic pulled France level with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Kirsten Flipkens.

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