Serena Williams returned last night to Indian Wells 14 years after an ugly incident kept the Williams family away from the one of the largest tennis events in the world.
Here was the reception when she walked out on court:
It was a tough match against Monica Niculescu, but Serena finally prevailed 75, 75.
“I feel really good, like the nerves have kind of gone away,” Serena said. “I feel better. I was a little nervous. The weeks leading up to it, days leading up to it, and eventually the hours, it was a little nerve‑wracking. But now I’m good that I was able to do this.”
Serena added that this was an especially emotional match, even for someone who had won 19 Grand Slam titles.
“I don’t think I have ever been like that. Definitely not before a match, in fact. So this was for sure the first time.
And he called it a huge win.
“I think it falls super high up,” she said of the victory on her list of achievements. “Definitely up there. Really close. Probably the best, because, you know—and it’s interesting to say that I feel like I’ve already won this tournament. I don’t feel like I have to actually hold the trophy at the end of this. I feel like I’m already holding up a trophy. I have never felt that way before.
“I feel like, you know, just being here is a huge win. Not only for me, but for so many people. It’s a wonderful feeling.”
Serena continues her comeback Sunday against Zarina Diyas.
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