Serena Williams recalled how childbirth had become.
It was Serena Williams' first competitive match since winning her 23rd major at the 2017 Australian Open.
Venus Williams' win came in her 1,000th career match and her 22nd singles appearance in a tournament she first played in 1999.
Serena Williams had initially targeted last month's Australian Open but abandoned that goal after declaring she was not "where I personally want to be."
Serena Williams has not played a competitive match since capturing last year's Australian Open.
The story she tells of the changes wrought on her life by the arrival of Alexis Olympia, whom she calls by her middle name and husband Alexis Ohanian refers to as Junior, are sweet, but the aftermath of the baby's birth in September was anything but serene.
Since then, she has given birth to her first child and married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian at a star-studded wedding, where guests included Beyonce and reality TV star Kim Kardashian.
Serena Williams, winner of 23 grand slam single titles, was making a comeback after taking nearly 11 months off to have her first child.
The decision to play in the United Arab Emirates should virtually confirm Williams' participation at Melbourne Park.
Serena Williams had given birth to a daughter on September 1.
Williams, 36, won this year's Australian Open while pregnant and gave birth to a baby girl in September. She has not played a competition since, raising questions over whether the 23-time Grand Slam winner would attempt to defend her title next month.
Serena Williams and husband Alexis Ohanian took to Instagram to share some intimate moments of their big day.
Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian had announced their engagement in December after meeting in 2015 in Rome.
Tennis superstar Serena Williams is used to hoisting trophies, but on Thursday, it looks like she'll be carrying a wedding bouquet.
Two weeks after becoming a first-time mother, tennis legend Serena Williams revealed her baby daughter to the world on Wednesday in an online montage.
The Russian-born Sharapova was 17 when she defeated Williams in the 2004 Wimbledon final. Rather than proving the start of a long, close-run rivalry, it was one of just two victories Sharapova can claim against the US great, who has beaten her 19 times.
Former world number 1 and 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams made her first public comments since giving birth to a daughter one week ago
Serena Williams has vowed to return to competitive tennis in January to defend her Australian Open title, which she won while newly pregnant.