Serena Williams set for 1st-round match at BNP Paribas Open

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INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) - Serena Williams has won her first match in her comeback at the BNP Paribas Open after a 14-month layoff for the birth of her first child.

But if things were tough on the court for the 23-time Grand Slam victor, who had not played a competitive match since defeating her sister Venus in the 2017 Australian Open final, they got a whole lot tougher in the brightly-lit Indian Wells press room.

Azarenka looked in total control as she raced to a 5-1 lead in the first set, but her progress was halted as Watson fought back with two breaks of her own. 23-time champion of Grand slam tournaments in the first set of exemplary practically acted on his serve in the second game the American gradually began to lose power, but still managed to finish the match in their favor. "I get to go home now to her so I'm excited about that". But, like a champion, she ground it out, winning a total of five three-set matches en route to her 20th Grand Slam singles title.

The 2017 Australian Open victor made her return after a 14-month absence and outclassed her 53 ranked opponent.

"I wasn't going to play (the French Open) unless I had a TUE because if you remember that year I was incredibly sick". I have always been that kind of player that, if you are going to beat me, you are going to beat me and I'm going to congratulate you.

"It truly means the world to me to just be able to be here, to play, to enjoy myself and do what I love to do", she said. "I'm just out here on this journey doing the best I can".

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Serena Williams acknowledged there have been "a lot of ups and downs" in her comeback as she mentioned "fighting against all odds to be out there and to be competing again".

She said multiple times throughout the evening just how happy she was to be on the court.

"When I was pregnant I would text her and I'd ask her questions". At some point I just need to start, and just jump and fly. "I got to meet her little baby when he was so young and she's been working so hard too". It was definitely not easy.

Azarenka, who next faces US Open champion Sloane Stephens in the second round, admits it's been hard going through so many false starts the past few months, preparing to compete only to find out she can not.

"She's been really, really positive", Williams said.

Azarenka says she shares a deeper connection with Williams now that goes beyond their sport.

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