The last time Serena Williams played in Auckland three years ago, she lost in the second round to compatriot Madison Brengle and did not leave a very good impression with the fans and the media. Later, she found out that she was pregnant with her daughter at the time which may have been part of the reason for her poor form and behavior in Auckland at that time.
This is why the 23-time Grand Slam champion said she wanted to come to Auckland to set things right. Speaking to the media in Auckland, Williams said, "I always knew I would have to come back for sure. So I'm really happy to be back.
I felt like the last time so many things were happening in my life that it was just crazy looking back and I didn't even know and realize what was happening. Now I'm here with my daughter and it's such a special moment, this is kind of like where it all began.
It's amazing. I'm in a really different frame of mind. I'm not pregnant, that's a start so that works and I can only do good now." Reflecting on her visit in 2017, Williams says, "I just remember it was windy and being angry, hating my now husband (Alexis Ohanian).
I was like 'I can't stand you and I don't know why. Obviously, at the time, I didn't know why either. It was like 'there's something about your smell, I don't like your smell.' I was six weeks pregnant and I had no idea.
So looking back it's so surreal and crazy and now that I'm here, I have all of these funny memories of being miserable. I was in the first trimester of pregnancy and for a woman that first trimester is tough and to not know is even tougher.
So now we joke about it, but I'm so happy to be here now. We went to the aquarium yesterday, we'll try at some point to make it to the zoo. It's great because I stay busy now and actually get out of the house and do things with her. She loves to see animals."