The 23-time Grand Slam singles victor is returning to the WTA Tour six months after she "almost died" giving birth.
Bartoli, who was forced to pull out of an exhibition event at Wimbledon previous year because of a mystery virus and dramatic weight loss, has said she was targetting a return to the WTA Tour at the Miami Open later this month.
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"I think she's only going to come out when she's at 100 per cent". Beyond the specific experience of childbirth, Serena said doctors aren't listening to black women, and she says that needs to change. She smiled as she walked to the net, and her family gave her a standing ovation. "It would be so fun - the help that we could do, and the awareness and the athletes and the awesome players that would come out of Africa would just be unbelievable", she said.
Williams, who claimed a 23rd grand slam title at last year's Australian Open before hanging up her racket for the season upon discovering she was pregnant with her first child, also skipped this year's tournament in Melbourne. "As long as I'm moving forward, even if it's at a turtle's pace, then I'm definitely OK with that". "She is a very special and what she has done for women's tennis is huge". "I'm just out here on this journey doing the best I can".
Williams dropped the first two points, but quickly had a break point attempt in the first game. Williams's sister, Yetunde Price was the victim of a drive-by shooting on September 14, 2003, in Compton, as she drove in her SUV with her boyfriend.
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"I would have thought I would have retired six years ago, but I'm still here and I'm playing great, and I think I'll still be playing good". While the eight women were thrilling NY, the draw was throwing the sisters into the same segment of the Indian Wells draw.
The American is unseeded in the tournament this year and did not receive a first-round bye. The siblings could potentially face each other in the third round.
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