Serena loses to Ostapenko in comeback after giving birth

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Williams looked far from full fitness just four months after the birth of her first child, and the former world No. 1 admitted it was not easy for her as she was constantly anxious for her baby.

Murray's ranking has slumped outside the top 10 for the first time in a decade, but the 30-year-old is confident he can still make an impact in the Grand Slams once he gets back into the groove.

"I think I lost all three-set matches (after that) besides the match in London, so that was not very good for my confidence - I need confidence to play good tennis. First matches back are always super incredibly hard, but it was great and I'm glad I could do it here". After claiming her record-breaking 23rd Major title at the 2017 Australian Open, Williams was inactive as she went for a maternity leave before ending the year as the world number 23 despite playing just two tournaments throughout the year.

"But if anyone is going to come back after a few months, you wouldn't bet against Serena, that's for sure".

Her last match was the Australian Open final, which she won despite being two-month pregnant. "I am going to assess everything with Patrick (Mouratoglou, her coach) and my team", she said.

The 33-year-old former US Open champion says she expects to play next summer's circuit at least and will be looking to improve on a first-round exit at Pat Rafter Arena last summer to seeded Garbine Muguruza.




The 20-year-old Latvian was born nearly two years after Williams turned professional in September 1995. I missed playing, I missed competition, I missed the crowd, the atmosphere so much. Williams was clearly having problems with her serve and was broken five times in the 17 games.

After a first set where she looked understandably off the pace, Williams fought back to level the match in the second.

"But now, if his injury is fine, he's probably more risky and better if he had some time to recharge". In the beginning, it felt a little tough. The Serb has not played competitively since and underwent surgery.

"To do well here would be an unbelievable feeling but I'm not going to weigh my whole year and rest of career on the next three, four weeks", she said.

"It was a wonderful opportunity for me to kind of test where I am at".

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