But this event was most notable for the return of Serena Williams, who hadn't played competitive tennis since winning the Australian Open while pregnant for her 23rd career Grand Slam singles title, one off Margaret Court's record. Her only match since had come in a Dec. I'm going to try to do better.
It was the first time for me. Williams had said Friday that this weekend would represent "the start of a long process" as she tries to work her way back.
Her pregnancy had complications that made this comeback particularly challenging. Williams had told Vogue magazine that she developed several small blood clots in her lungs after her daughter was born Sept. The article said that she was unable to get out of bed for the first six weeks after giving birth.
Her doubles match revealed the effects of her long time away from the game. Williams said she hadn't known what to expect Sunday and acknowledged she needs to improve in all aspects, but she added that "I feel like I'm on the right track. I feel like that's a very good step in the right direction. Romania beat Great Britain as Konta and Watson lose.
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Watson and Konta ensure GB continue winning start with victory over Latvia.
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