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Serena makes winning comeback, enters Indian Wells 2nd round

IANS  |  Los Angeles 

icon made a strong post-pregnancy comeback easing past Kazakhstan's Diyas 7-5, 6-3 in the opening round of the Indian here.

Serena, playing her first singles match in 14 months, confidently demolished her 53rd ranked opponent on Thursday, and will now face Kiki Bertens in the second round, reports

"It was incredible. It's been over a year, and a kid later, and I get to go home to her now, and I'm excited about that," the record singles titles winner said after the match.

"It definitely wasn't easy I'm a little rusty, but it doesn't matter. I'm just out here on this journey and doing the best I can," added the 36-year-old American.

In other matches, Olympic gold medallist of defeated Brazil's 6-3 and 7-6 (3) to move to the second round, where she will face 21st seed Anastasija Sevastova.

Victoria Azarenka, winner of the tournament in 2012 and 2016, sent the British packing 6-4 and 6-2, and is now set to face world number 13

In the men's section, Spain's won against Argentina's 6-2, 1-6 and 6-2 in a match that lasted an hour and 29 minutes. Verdasco will likely now face in the next round.

Argentina's also defeated the Japanese 6-7(5), 6-4 and 7-6(4) in three sets.

In other matches, another Argentinian topped 7-5 and 6-3, and won against local boy 6-2, 4-6 and 7-5.



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First Published: Fri, March 09 2018. 17:00 IST