Fed Cup: 10th straight semis for Czechs; Serena returns for US

Serena Williams Alexis Olympia

Serena Williams Alexis Olympia

Serena Williams played in her first competitive tennis match in a year as she teamed up with her elder sister Venus Williams in the doubles match against the Netherlands in a World Group first round clash at the Fed Cup on Sunday. Serena, who played double with her sister Venus Williams, shared on Instagram Stories a clip of herself zooming in on her husband and their little bundle of joy as Shawn Mendes' "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back" being played at the venue. I feel like I'm on the right track.' She also added, 'I really don't know.

"I didn't expect to have that much power on my serves", she said. "Or I'll get angry about the crying, then sad about being angry, and then guilty, like, 'Why do I feel so sad when I have a lovely baby?' The emotions are insane".

The loss was of no outcome to the United States team, who had already won three matches in the best-of-five tie to progress to the semi-finals against France in April, but it was a useful workout for Williams as she continues to get used to parenthood. "I feel like that's a very good step in the right direction". After delivering Alexis Olympia via C-section, Williams suffered from life-threatening complications when blood clots formed in her lungs and severe coughing reopened her C-section wound. This is literally my first time traveling with the baby and everything. "So many Americans are doing great, hopefully I'll be able to be an option, I'll be doing better by then", she said. "I'm always going to have the best and highest expectations for myself". Williams attempted to make a comeback to competitive tennis at the 2018 Australian Open, but she pulled out of the tournament at the last minute.

She had initially targeted last month's Australian Open and a defence of her 2017 title but struggled during an exhibition match against Jelena Ostapenko in Abu Dhabi in December, forcing her to revise her plans.