Serena Williams Wins On Return Indian Wells Master After Giving Birth To Daughter Olympia

| March 9 , 2018 , 18:45 IST

The 23 time Grandslam winner and the most decorated female tennis player in the history, Serena Williams made her return to action for the first time after giving birth to a daughter. She eased past Kazakhstan's Zarina Diyas 7-5, 6-3 in the opening round of the Indian Wells Masters on Thursday.

The 2017 Australian Open winner made her return after a 14-month absence and outclassed her 53rd ranked opponent.

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"It was incredible. It's been over a year, and a kid later, and I get to go home to her now, and I'm excited about that. It definitely wasn't easy I'm a little rusty, but it doesn't matter. I'm just out here on this journey and doing the best I can." Williams said. She will now face Kiki Bertens in the second round.

In other matches, Olympic gold medallist Monica Puig of Puerto Rico defeated Brazil's Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-3 and 7-6 (3) to move to the second round, where she will face 21st seed Anastasija Sevastova.

Victoria Azarenka, a winner of the tournament in 2012 and 2016, sent the British Heather Watson packing 6-4 and 6-2, and is now set to face world number 13 Sloane Stephens.