Serena Plays First Competitive Match In Over A Year At Fed Cup

The 36-year-old originally wanted to play at last month's Australian Open

"It's great. It's her first match so I'm glad she got to see it", Serena said in an on-court interview.

Germany downed 2017 runners-up Belarus in Minsk 3-2 after Tatjana Maria and Anna-Lena Groenefeld won a tight deciding doubles against Aryna Sabalenka and Lidziya Marozava 6-7 (4-7), 7-5, 6-4. The sister-duo lost the match to the Netherlands' Lesley Kerkhove and Demi Schuurs, but Williams is confident that her comeback is on track. Serena, who played double with her sister Venus Williams, shared on Instagram Stories a clip of herself zooming in on her husband and their little bundle of joy as Shawn Mendes' "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back" being played at the venue.

In Asheville, North Carolina, Serena Williams lined up alongside her sister Venus Williams in a doubles match. "Honestly I like to think CoCo wore her down some. Or I'll get angry about the crying, then sad about being angry, and then guilty, like, 'Why do I feel so sad when I have a handsome baby?' The emotions are insane".

The result took some of the shine off the United States' otherwise decisive victory, leaving the final score 3-1 for the defending champions, booking a semifinal clash against France in April.

The American star took time away from the sport to give birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia and get married, to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.

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Serena was scheduled to compete in the Australian Open this January, but chose to pull out after losing an exhibition match in December. "Or I'll get angry about the crying, then sad about being angry, and then guilty, like, 'Why do I feel so sad when I have a attractive baby?' The emotions are insane".

In the absence of seventh-ranked Caroline Garcia, who is declining to play for as she focuses on her singles career, the 13th-ranked Mladenovic led the way by winning both her singles.

"I didn't expect to have that much power on my serves, even though they didn't go in".

In Prague, Petra Kvitova sent the Czech Republic into their 10th consecutive semi-final when she clinched the first round tie against Switzerland with a 6-2 6-4 win over Belinda Bencic in the third rubber.

"I didn't manage my time well", she said.

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