Serena to make comeback in Fed Cup doubles tomorrow

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"I'm really happy but it is definitely the start of a long process", Former world No.1 Serena Williams said in a press conference.

Caroline Wozniacki, who captured last month's Australian Open in Serena Williams' absence, told ESPN.com, "She's such an unbelievable, incredible athlete".

Venus Williams will play Arantxa Rus and Coco Vandeweghe will face Richel Hogerkamp during Saturday's singles matches. Right now I'm focused on this weekend and after that I'll figure out what it might be. When I'm too anxious, I lose matches, and I feel like a lot of that anxiety disappeared when Olympia was born, Williams said.

'I have long-term goals obviously, but right now my main goal is just to stay in the moment, ' the champion said.

But she is due to join her elder sister Venus in the World Group first round tie against The Netherlands on hard courts at Asheville, North Carolina, and team captain Kathy Rinaldi believes she will make a smooth transition back to tournament play.

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But this weekend's headline is the return of Serena Williams, who participated in a December 30 exhibition match but otherwise hasn't played since that 2017 Australian Open.

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"It's never a win until it's over", she said.

The 36-year-old American later revealed to Vogue magazine she was bedridden for six weeks from a series of complications, including a pulmonary embolism that led to multiple surgeries, after her daughter was delivered by emergency C-section.

The nominations for tomorrow's matches could yet change, however. Serena is scheduled to play doubles on Sunday with Lauren Davis.

Seven-time Grand Slam victor Venus Williams needed an hour and 19 minutes to brush aside her 124th-ranked Dutch opponent Arantxa Rus 6-1, 6-4.

Williams' daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., was born September 1.

"It's probably been the most fun of my life", she said. "It goes unsaid that 25 (grand slam titles) is obviously something I would love, but I hate to limit myself".

The form of the volatile talent Kristina Mladenovic could play a key role in France's fortunes in their home match at La-Roche-sur-Yon against a strong Belgian team that includes Australian Open semi-finalist Elise Mertens. Not only does it allow her to practice alongside a few different players, it also enables her coach and teammates to offer different perspectives on her progress.

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