Williams says she now lives in fear of blood clots, a condition that surfaced during a harrowing postnatal ordeal in September. Sitting in Williams' box were her husband Alexis Ohanian, mother Oracene, sisters Lyndrea and Isha, her agent, and coach Patrick Mouratoglou.
"It is a journey for me and I am just going to go for it", she said.
She is unseeded at Indian Wells, which was why she had to play the first round while the seeds, including sister Venus, enjoyed a bye. While encouraging fans to wear the pin when she plays to show their support, she stated, "I want this gold "S" mean something special to you personally".
Halep begins her Indian Wells campaign against Kristyna Pliskova on Friday. "I'm just out here on this journey doing the best I can".
Anthony Davis (sprained ankle) day-to-day, doubtful for big game vs. Wizards
Davis has played in 58 games this season, averaging 28.1 points, 11.1 rebounds and 2.3 blocks. Both Davis and coach Alvin Gentry downplayed the severity of the injury after the game.
She blasted four aces and won 63 per cent of her first-serve points against Diyas, who claimed her first WTA title a year ago in Tokyo.
Alexis Ohanian, co-founder and executive chairman of the social news website Reddit, looks at her wife Serena Williams battle against Zarina Diyas, of Kazakhstan, during Day 4 of the BNP Paribas Open on March 8, 2018 in Indian Wells, California.
The 36-year-old American is the star attraction in Indian Wells, but behind her popularity this year was the mystery surrounding her match fitness and ball-striking ability.The 23-time Grand Slam victor answered some of those questions Thursday by blasting four aces and winning 63 percent of her first-serve points.
Williams played aggressively and broke Diyas five times in the match that lasted 92 minutes. I think my stamina was really good.
Nun Battling Katy Perry Over Convent Sale Dies In Court
Katy Perry , meanwhile, is busily promoting ABC's reboot of the singing competition American Idol , on which she is a judge. A nun suing singer Katy Perry over a real estate dispute collapsed and died suddenly in court Friday afternoon.
This time it really did feel like a home-coming, and a testing one.
However, she has to buckle up fast as she gears up to face a formidable opponent in Kiki Bertens.
In the men's draw, Roger Federer, 36, said that even though he reclaimed the world No. 1 ranking and captured his 20th career Grand Slam title in January, he still has plenty to prove on the ATP Tour. "I have always done the TUE so you should fact your facts", Serena said on Thursday.
In other matches, another Argentinian Nicolas Kicker topped Jiri Vesely 7-5 and 6-3, and Federico Delbonis won against local boy Ryan Harrison 6-2, 4-6 and 7-5.
'Let them call you racists,' Bannon tells far-right French party
The younger Le Pen has said the proposed name change is needed to show that the party had become "adult", The Guardian reported. To that end, rebranding the National Front's image is the primary goal of the "party congress" in Lille this weekend.
Serena won the 2017 Australian Open while being eight weeks pregnant.