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.”