Serena Williams has "high expectations" for Indian Wells

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She featured in the United States' Fed Cup win over Netherlands, however, and Indian Wells is set to be her first tournament back on the WTA Tour.

Serena Williams has admitted she nearly walked away from tennis following the birth of her first child, adding that there are still days when she doubts how she can "keep going". "Wimbledon, that would be her best shot because that favors power, rewards power and the rallies aren't long", Evert said, as quoted by Tennis World USA.

Williams, who has been absent from Tour since giving birth to her daughter in September, defeated Marion Bartoli - herself returning to action after retiring in August 2013 - before losing to Zhang Shuai.

The birth of Williams's daughter, Alexis Olympia, was followed by complications that scuppered the player's plans to defend her title in Melbourne. "Once I was asked by my coach, Pat (Cash), if I was going to be available around that time, I said, 'Yeah, I'll make myself available.' So it didn't take much thinking". However, she asserts that she is committed to bounce back to the apex of her performance, in a matter of time.

"I don't need any more motivation, I have the best thing I could ever want right now. She has a family, she is a mother, she has different priorities now", Mouratoglou said. "It's been hard", she told the BBC.

Chris Evert expects new mom Serena Williams will eclipse the Grand Slam record of 24 singles titles, maybe even this season.

"I've always been an extremely motivated person, but my main thing is that I would love for my daughter to be around with me doing great, and playing awesome, so that definitely gives me some motivation", she added. Venus reached two Grand Slam finals in 2017 and returned to the top five of the rankings. The victor of two tournaments already this year, she won the last seven points to break away from a 3-3 tie against Venus, then swept Vandeweghe 10-0.