Tougher tests lie ahead, not least in the second round here against No.17 seed Ashleigh Barty. The Australian herself is relishing the prospect. “I’m thinking just what an opportunity,” Barty said. “She's a genuine champion. What she's done to be able to get back after pregnancy, along with Vika [Azarenka] and a lot of the other girls, is pretty amazing.”
But by the very fact that Williams is out there again eight months after the birth of her daughter Alexis Olympia, hers is already an important victory.
Williams knows it, and bears the responsibility seriously. Not for nothing does her Twitter bio read: “Living, loving and working for you.” These days, that last “you” also refers to one person in particular.
“My priority is Olympia, no matter what,” she said, with an expression that puts the ‘serene’ into Serena. “I have given tennis so much, and tennis has given me a lot, and I couldn't be more grateful. She's my priority, and I work everything around her. Like I said, I want her to know that I really try to put her first in my life, along with God and my family. I feel like everything else will fall into place, and it has. It's all going to work out.”