Tennis: Serena Williams loses on return to competition

Serena Williams (pictured) in doubles action with her sister Venus Williams of the US against Lesley Kerkhove and Demi Schuurs of the Netherlands during the Fed Cup World Group first round women's tennis match, on Feb 11, 2018.
Serena Williams (pictured) in doubles action with her sister Venus Williams of the US against Lesley Kerkhove and Demi Schuurs of the Netherlands during the Fed Cup World Group first round women's tennis match, on Feb 11, 2018. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

ASHEVILLE, UNITED STATES (AFP) - Serena Williams lost her long-awaited comeback match, a dead-rubber doubles tie alongside sister Venus Williams, in an anti-climactic finish to the United States' Fed Cup clash against the Netherlands on Sunday (Feb 11).

The Williams sisters lost 6-2, 6-3 to the Dutch pairing of Lesley Kerkhove and Demi Schuurs, with Serena appearing particularly slow on her feet and rusty after more than a year away from the sport.

The loss took some of the shine off the United States' otherwise decisive victory, leaving the final score 3-1 for the defending champions.