Serena Williams pleased with comeback: A very good step in the right direction

She may not have won her first match on her return from maternity leave, but Serena Williams feels she is “on the right track”.

The 23-time Grand Slam winner made her competitive comeback on Sunday as she teamed up with sister Venus for America in their Fed Cup doubles rubber against the Netherlands.

The duo lost 6-2, 6-3 against Demi Schuurs and Lesley Kerkhove, but the United States still advanced to the semi-finals as they had already secured an unassailable 3-0 lead in the tie before the match.

Williams, though, was happy with the way things went.

“I honestly feel better than I thought I was going to feel,” she is quoted as saying by Reuters.

“I feel like I didn’t expect to play, you know, like that for me. I feel like I‘m on the right track.”

She added: “I didn’t know what to expect. Maybe that’s why I felt like I did better. I didn’t expect to …have that much power on my serves, even though they didn’t go in.

“It’s just a start. I feel like that’s a very good step in the right direction.”

Having missed the season-opening Grand Slam, the Australian Open, as she felt she was not ready to compete for the title, the 36-year-old is yet to decide if she will play in the remaining three majors this year.

However, she admits she will have to make adjustments now that her daughter, Olympia, is around.

“I didn’t manage my time well, but I was thinking about it in the future how to manage it better,” she said.

“This is literally my first time travelling with the baby and everything. I‘m going to try to do better. It was hard. It was the first time for me.”