Serena Williams reaches semis in NY ahead of WTA Tour return

Tennis Seles backs Serena Williams to be a grand slam contender in 2018

Tennis Seles backs Serena Williams to be a grand slam contender in 2018

The 23-time Grand Slam singles victor will make her debut against Zarina Diyas, the victor faces Kiki Bertens and then possibly Venus.

American great Williams won the Australian Open in 2017 despite being two months pregnant, and has only played one exhibition match and a doubles dead rubber in the Fed Cup since giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia Jr in September, although she is due to play at the Tie Break Tens in NY on Monday.

Her much-anticipated return to tennis nearly happened in Australia in January, but Williams opted to withdraw from the year's first grand slam.

The 36-year-old makes her comeback to the WTA Tour this week, when he takes on Kazakhstan's Zarina Diyas in the first round at Indian Wells in California.

In her exclusive interview with BBC Sport, the American tennis giant admitted that her road to hit ground running has been nothing but a rough patch.

"She knows that coming back might take some time, but her level of expectation is high as always. They will be her three main goals for 2018". "Wimbledon, that would be her best shot because that favours power, rewards power and the rallies aren't long". "There have been so many days, even still, when I'm like, 'How am I going to keep going?'" "She's got power, depth".

"I just can not bet against her". She hasn't played a match for more than a year, she has had a baby with a lot of complications post-delivery. "I mean, the matches are definitely a good way to know where you are, but obviously she knows how to play", the 37-year-old Venus said.

Known for her two-handed backhand and returning almost every ball, Evert recently partnered with Osteo Bi-Flex to help keep up with the 14-year-olds on her practice courts. The film then flashes forward to scenes of her powerful tennis game with her voiceover stating how she pushed past all the calls of why she could never succeed.

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