Serena Williams wins first match after 14-month break

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailScott Clarke/ESPN Images(INDIAN WELLS, Calif.) — In her first official match since giving birth to her first child, Serena Williams defeated Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan at the Indian Wells BNP Paribas Open in California on Thursday. The final score showed Williams defeated 24-year-old Diyas 7-5, 6-3 in Round One.Before getting back on the court, Williams celebrated on social media her return to tennis after the 14-month break.“It’s official. My comeback is here,” she wrote in a caption on Instagram. “This Thursday I will start playing tennis again professionally for the first time since giving birth to my daughter. This whole month I am playing tournaments in California and Florida — both my home states.”Williams also acknowledged that her return came on International Women’s Day. “My comeback could not have come on a better day,” she wrote.During her break, the tennis star had her hands full. Not only did she and her now-husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, welcome their daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., six months ago, they also exchanged vows last November.Ohanian also celebrated his wife’s return to the court on social media.“#GMOAT (Greatest mother of all time) back to work tonight,” he wrote in a caption on Instagram. “Strong W, especially after everything you’ve been through. I’m so proud of you.” Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund Written bycenter_img March 9, 2018 /Sports News – National Serena Williams wins first match after 14-month breaklast_img read more

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Manuel Pellegrini: Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero among world’s best

first_imgManuel Pellegrini has no doubt Sergio Aguero belongs in the world’s elite player bracket with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. It was a stunning return to form after a mixed start to the season in which the Argentinian had struck just once from open play and been hampered by a knee injury. Asked how the 27-year-old compared to the world’s best, Pellegrini said: “After what we have seen here, of course Kun is at that level. I have already said that after Ronaldo and Messi he is the best player in the world. He always makes important things (contributions) in competitions. “But the important thing is, not only for Kun, but as a team we must continue to improve, to win the Premier League again and to win the Champions League, because Messi and Ronaldo are always involved in that competition and that is very important for a player. “I think that this team is in that way (headed) and I’m very happy for us that in Kun we have a very important player.” Since being signed from Atletico Madrid for £38million in 2011, Aguero has finished as City’s outright top scorer in three out of four seasons. In the other year he shared the accolade with Carlos Tevez. His overall City tally now stands at 115 goals. Many of those goals have come in bursts, with the Argentina forward often suffering lean spells on return from injury. He suffered a setback last month after being hurt in a tackle from Crystal Palace’s Scott Dann but Pellegrini had no doubt the goals would soon return. He said: “Of course, I am always talking to all the players, especially when they are not in their best moments. “But the most encouraging thing for Kun is the way we play. We always play attractive, offensive football. We always put technical players in our starting XI to try to create the space (for him).” But the Manchester City boss accepts his star striker may need to win the Champions League for that view to become widespread. Aguero provided another demonstration of his formidable talents with five goals in a sensational 20-minute spell in Saturday’s 6-1 demolition of Newcastle. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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