Following a disappointing loss in an exhibition match in December 2017, Serena Williams is set to make her return to competitive tennis at the Fed Cup next month.
Williams will play alongside her sister Venus and represent the United States. The sisters will play their first match against the Netherlands on Feb. 10 when the competition kicks off in Asheville, North Carolina. The Fed Cup will be Williams' first competitive tournament since the 2017 Australian Open, which she won while she was pregnant like the G.O.A.T. that she is. Many fans wanted her to make her official return at 2018's Australian Open to defend her title, but she stated that she felt like she was not ready for that level of competition yet.
Williams was sidelined for the better part of a year due to her pregnancy. This past September, she gave birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia. The tennis star has also recently spoken on the various complications surrounding her pregnancy that included dealing with several blood clots in her lungs, statements that would lead to an entire discussion on maternal health from various other women who have had similar experiences.
Despite all of this, somehow she was able to compete on a tennis court just months later in Abu Dhabi, an incredible feat in itself regardless of the non-ideal outcome. Maybe this time around Serena will look a little more like her old self and even notch a win alongside her sister for Team U.S.A. If she doesn't though, totally understandable. She gave birth less than six months ago and chances are she is more busy with the joys of motherhood than hitting a tennis ball. Any display of talent on the court next month will be more than commendable.