In her first competitive match since the 2017 Australian Open final, Serena Williams lost, alongside to her sister Venus, to Lesley Kerkhove and Demi Schuurs in straight sets, 6-1 6-3 in the doubles rubber in USA's Fed Cup tie against the Netherlands on Saturday. It was, however, a dead rubber as the USA had already won the tie 3-1, after Venus and Coco Vandeweghe won their respective singles rubbers.
Speaking to the press about her comeback, Serena said, 'It felt really good to be back on the court. I've been training. It's just exciting to be out there. A lot of not nerves, but anticipation for myself. That's good. I think that's normal.' Continuing, while speaking about expectations placed on her, she said, 'I'm always going to have the best and highest expectations for myself. I'm okay with that because that's just who I am. I honestly feel better than I thought I was going to feel. 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 also added, 'I really don't know. I didn't know what to expect. Maybe that's why I felt like I did better. I didn't expect to, I don't know, 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.' When asked to elaborate on what she felt she had to improve in her game, she noted, 'I'm always a 360 kind of person. I always want to improve on everything. In particular this time I definitely want to focus on probably my serves and returns. I think it's just really important in general. So, yeah, I'll be doing a little bit more of that.'