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Mom still has pop as Serena returns from long layoff

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. - Looking unsure at first but quickly gaining strength with each serve and each potent backhand she unleashed, Serena Williams made a triumphant return to competitive tennis Thursday night by overpowering Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan 7-5, 6-3 in a first-round match at the BNP Paribas Open.

Williams, 36, had not played in a tournament since she won the 2017 Australian Open while in the early stages

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