Former world number one Serena Williams won her first singles match on the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Tour for nearly 14 months as she returned after the birth of her child.

The 36 year-old American, reached the second round at Indian Wells with a 7-5 6-3 victory over Kazakhstan’s Zarina Diyas.

It was her first singles match on the Tour since she won the 2017 Australian Open while pregnant.

Williams gave birth to daughter Alexis Olympia on September 1. She says post-childbirth health complications – including blood clots in her lungs – were almost fatal.

Williams missed this year’s Australian Open in January because she did not consider herself ready for the tournament.

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