American Serena Williams was drawn on Friday to play doubles in a potentially decisive fifth rubber in this week's Fed Cup first round tie against the Netherlands in what will be her first competitive match in over a year.
Williams, entering a competitive event unranked for the first time since 1997, heads a powerful United States team that include her 37-year-old sister Venus, the world No. 8, world No. 17 CoCo Vandeweghe as well as world No. 62 Lauren Davis.
But it remains unclear when the 23-time major victor will again feature in a grand slam.
That means she isn't scheduled to play in either of the singles matches on Saturday which are followed by reverse singles on Sunday, but will instead play in a doubles tie with team-mate Davis against Lesley Kerkhove and Demi Schuurs. "I love motherhood, and I look forward to just being the best mom I can be". Williams finally saved a break point in the sixth game and held serve for the first time in the second set.
'It's a quick turnaround after having her first child.
Get prep sports breaking news alerts from the Gwinnett Daily Post staff delivered to your email. I was a bit nervous.
With three singles Slam titles over the past two years, Federer is now intent on reclaiming his world number one ranking, and becoming the oldest man to do so.
"It's probably been the most fun of my life", she said.
"I was trying to find the balance between going big and going too big".
I think that's normal for everything that I've gone through. Williams has not played a WTA tournament since the Australian Open title a year ago.
"I have long-term goals obviously, but right now my main goal is just to stay in the moment", she said. "Sometimes that happens, (it's) just the beginning of the year".
Coco Vandeweghe and Lauren Davis complete a USA line-up that is expected to earn a relatively easy victory over a Dutch team, all of whom are ranked outside the top 100 in the WTA singles rankings.
Coco Vandeweghe defeated Richel Hogenkamp in the second match on Saturday after coming from a set down to win.
ASHEVILLE (North Carolina) • Serena Williams returns to tennis today after a year-long absence, with all eyes on the former world No. 1 as she sets out to reclaim her position at the pinnacle of her sport.