Serena's comeback her greatest challenge, says coach Mouratoglou

Serena Williams says she frequently wondered how she would keep going after returning to the practice courts following the birth of her first child. The tennis champ has always been outspoken about social issues, including gender and racial inequality - both of which she tackled in the 30-second spot.

Serena was playing singles for the first time this year as she prepares to return to the WTA Tour for the first time since giving birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., on September 1.

"Recovering from a surgery, then from a blood clot, going two years without winning a grand slam, she finally comes back at 30 years old to win 10 more grand slams and to stay No.1 in the world for three-and-a-half years - her longest period of dominance".

Someone who has managed all that is Serena Williams.

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Cut to 2018, Bartoli is back on court for the first time since August 2013 as she competed at the Tie Break Tens, held at the Madison Square Garden on Monday night. The former No7, now aged just 33, has not had it easy in the interim.

Williams was pregnant when she lifted the trophy in Melbourne past year, and missed the rest of 2017 awaiting the birth of her daughter in September.

"Honestly, with everything I've been through, my happiest is just being out here..." I feel in two months I'll be way better than I am now, but you have to start somewhere. I wouldn't be playing.

"I would have thought I would have retired six years ago, but I'm still here and I'm playing great, and I think I'll still be playing good". "I was so excited for this match". While the eight women were thrilling NY, the draw was throwing the sisters into the same segment of the Indian Wells draw.

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Serena Williams is ready to tackle the "biggest challenge of her career", according to coach Patrick Mouratoglou, as she prepares to return to the WTA Tour at the Indian Wells Masters.

"But she's just so strong off the mark, she's not going to play unless she thinks she can win, that's why she pulled out of the Australian Open".

No-one said it would be easy, coming back after so long away, at 36 years old, and with the physical trauma that this remarkable champion has overcome in recent months.

If anyone can get it done, it's Serena Williams.

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