Surprise, surprise our queen and greatest of all time, Serena Williams has won her first WTA comeback match after taking more than a year off to give birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., who by the way was spotted on Williams’ Insta casually clutching a mini Wilson tennis racket.  Williams had also been recovering after a traumatic post-pregnancy experience where she almost died due to severe complications. An experience that has now inspired her to create awareness for disadvantaged women across the world who do not have proper access to health care.

The absolute star on and off court defeated Zarina Diyas in straight sets 7-5, 6-3 at the Indian Wells Masters in the United States. 

After the match, Williams admitted she was obvs a bit “rusty” but she came back strong and fans are preaching nothing but respect for our greatest of all time. Just to put it in perspective, this is the first time we’ve seen Williams in action since she won the 2017 Australian Open while she was three months pregnant. 

Anywhoo, please enjoy Williams’ entrance onto the court and the bloody roar that met her. Lucky shits.

After such a traumatic experience, many were wondering if Williams would make a full recovery and step back on the court. But according to Williams’ press conference, post-match, “[Coming back] wasn’t even a question for me.” 

Oh and then she said, “I’m playing with nothing to lose. I have everything to gain…I’m playing with real joy out there. No matter what happens I know I’m capable of being strong in my life.”

Translation? She’s gonna destroy the tour and every one afterwards.

Now bask in the glory of her post-match interview.

Also, ICYMI it was International Women’s Day when Williams took to the court. #meanttobe

That gold ‘S’ pin is available for fans to buy in support for the Yetunde Price Resource Centre, which supports victims of gun violence. Yetunde Price was Williams’ late sister.

Williams will face Kiki Bertens in Round 2 on Saturday.

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