Serena Williams beaten on competitive return but USA progress in Fed Cup

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Serena Williams played in her first competitive tennis match in over a year as she lined up alongside her sister Venus Williams in a doubles match at the Fed Cup.

The former world number one, last seen on the court when she won the 2017 Australian Open, was back in action five months after giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia, who was courtside as her mother and auntie played in a dead-rubber doubles contest against Holland.

The Williams sisters were beaten 6-2 6-3 by Lesley Kerkhove and Demi Schuurs but the US team had already won the tie to advance to the semi-finals.

“It was really special to be back out here with Venus and we’re so happy Team USA won today,”  Serena Williams said in quotes published on fedcup.com.

“I’m really happy to be here and that we advanced to the next round.”

On her daughter being in Asheville, North Carolina to witness her match, she added: “It’s her first match so I’m glad she got to see it.”

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