Serena Williams' return to tennis sparks a debate about maternity leave

What a champ! The Michigan native has won the Miami Open a whopping eight times

What a champ! The Michigan native has won the Miami Open a whopping eight times

Bookmakers Neds have Osaka as $1.85 favourite for the match, with Williams the outsider at $2.00.

Standing on the field at the Miami Dolphins' stadium on Monday, Serena Williams used a two-hand grip to stick her shovel in the dirt and flashed a smile. The victor of this first-rounder will then face 2017 US Open runner-up Madison Keys in another appetizing match-up for fans!

Wozniacki will hope to go one step better than a year ago and her challenge will begin against former US Open victor Sam Stosur or Olympic gold medallist from Rio Monica Puig.

Williams, 36, made her return to the WTA Tour at Indian Wells earlier this month, losing to sister Venus in the third round.

"For many years, we at IMG tried to spend tens of millions of dollars to upgrade the Miami Open on Key Biscayne, to make it a better experience for media, fans, players, sponsors", Shapiro said.

Williams had an especially hard time after giving birth in an emergency C-section, with her past issues with blood clots resurfacing because having surgery meant she was not taking her usual anticoagulant. "It's not exactly where I want to be, but, I mean, I'll get there eventually".

"I definitely have goals". "When I heard they were going to move it, it literally broke my heart". Afterward, she said her "room for improvement is incredible".

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Williams, who is unseeded, faces Indian Wells victor Naomi Osaka in the opening round of this week's event.

'It makes sense to protect someone who goes on maternity leave, ' said Blake about his countrywoman. "These kind of things shouldn't happen", Blake told AFP.

Williams, an eight-time Miami Open champion, saved the first match point but sent a routine forehand long to give rising star Osaka further glory. Early in the second set she resorted to her patented scream of "Come on!", but the outburst failed to turn things around and she lost the next three games.

After winning her first-ever title, Naomi Osaka will now face Serena Williams at the Miami Open. She will open her campaign on Wednesday in the day session.

However, Blake believes it will be an intriguing contest between the duo with many storylines involved.

"We'll have more practice courts, better facilities, better locker rooms, cutting edge video screens, more parking", Blake said. Williams scrambled forward to scoop a ball back, then retreated to hit an awkward, lunging overhead, and then stood and watched helplessly as a crosscourt forehand from Osaka whizzed past for a victor. There are a lot of storylines. The Briton won the biggest title of her career in Florida last season during a purple patch that also saw her reach the last four at Wimbledon, her home Slam. There's the cross-country flight.

"So just playing against her is kind of like a dream for me. But anyone who is counting Serena out is doing so at their peril". I think you're not going to have a venue like this.

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