The two-time Indian Wells champion featured at the recent Tie Break Tens event in NY and appeared in fine fettle as she entertained the crowd. Both were on hard courts, the first being at Indian Wells in 2015 and the second being at the Miami Masters in 2016.
Williams v Diyas is part of a bumper evening of live tennis on BT Sport, starting from 7pm, that also features British number two Heather Watson's clash with two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka.
Maybe on clay [because] it's her weakest surface.
Yet with all respect to the fine 23-year-old player from the Ukraine, she was probably not the main attraction for the packed MSG.
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"Honestly, with everything I've been through, my happiest is just being out here..." "If I keep playing hopefully I can win". To celebrate the occasion, she shared her new "Serena Gold" pins, whose sale will benefit the Yetunde Price Resource Center, a place that helps rehabilitate those affected by violence, VIBE reports. "Mentally you can take those breaks and really just concentrate on the big tournaments". Williams asked WTA to start an African tour and consider Kenya because it's a attractive place.
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.
Williams, 36, suffered a pulmonary embolism after her first child was delivered by Caesarean section.
Williams opened the laid-back event with a 10-5 victory over Marion Bartoli, the 2013 Wimbledon champion who announced in December she was planning to return to the court more than four years after retiring in the wake of her only Grand Slam triumph.
In 2010, she opened her second school, Serena Williams Secondary in Matiliku, Makueni. She smiled as she walked to the net, and her family gave her a standing ovation. My comeback could not have come on a better day'.
Unseeded Williams is scheduled to open her Indian Wells campaign with a first round tie against Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan on Thursday.