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Serena Williams wins her comeback match

WINNER: Serena Williams (Photo credit: PA)

SERENA WILLIAMS won her first comeback match on the WTA Tour, almost 14 months after the birth of her child.

The former world number one reached the second round at Indian Wells with a 7-5 6-3 victory over Kazakhstan's Zarina Diyas.

It was her first singles match on the Tour since she won the 2017 Australian Open while pregnant.

"I'm a little rusty but it doesn't matter," said Williams. "It definitely wasn't easy but it was good."

According to BBC Sport, Williams was given a standing ovation as she walked onto court and her husband Alexis Ohanian was in the crowd as she set up a second-round match with 29th-seeded Dutch player Kiki Bertens.

Williams missed this year's Australian Open in January because she did not consider herself ready for the tournament. Following the birth of her daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian, The tennis icon dealt with post-childbirth health complications - including blood clots in her lungs, which were almost fatal.

She played an exhibition match in Abu Dhabi in late December and a doubles rubber for the US Fed Cup team against the Netherlands last month.

Speaking after her win over Diyas, she said: "It was incredible. It's been over a year and a kid later.

"I'm just out here on this journey doing the best I can."

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