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Child Birth Takes Its Toll On Serena Williams, Suffers Defeat

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 01: Serena Williams of The United States looks on during the Ladies Singles second round match against Christina McHale of the United States on day five of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 1, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images) Day Five: The Championships - Wimbledon 2016 2016 Getty Images 596729007 596729007AP00283_Day_Five_T Getty Images Europe Staff

Christopher Ebi

Lawn tennis star, Serena Williams says she has “a long way to go” on her comeback after the birth of her child following her defeat from her sister, Venus Williams in round three at Indian Wells.

The former world number one hit four aces but had her serve broken four times in a 6-3 6-4 loss in California.

“It wasn’t easy, obviously,” said Serena, who was in her first event since beating Venus in the 2017 Australian Open final.Venus moves on to the round of 16 where she will face Anastasija Sevastova.

It was the 29th meeting between the Williams sisters – Serena now leads 17-12 – and it lasted 87 minutes in front of a main stadium crowd of more than 10,000 fans, including current world number one Simona Halep.

“It was good to play and try to get in the rhythm and get into the swing again, said Serena, who gave birth just over six months ago.

“I can’t possibly reproduce her dominance, no matter how much I do it in practice. I make those shots 10 times out of 10 in practice. she added

“It’s just the nerves, the anticipation you feel naturally. It’s a little bit of everything that comes in a match that just doesn’t normally happen.

“It’s good that I don’t have to say that this is the best tennis I have ever played and I lost. My room for improvement is incredible,” added Serena.

“So I have just got to keep saying at each tournament that my goal is just to be better than the last. I don’t want to go backwards.”

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