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Watch Serena Williams' comeback exclusively live tonight on BT Sport

The legendary 23-time Grand Slam champion is back after 14 months off the WTA Tour and her clash with Zarina Diyas at the Paribas Open in Indian Wells will be shown live across the BT Sport network.

Serena Williams

Serena Williams makes her long-awaited comeback tonight at the prestigious Paribas Open in Indian Wells and BT Sport is the only place to tune in to see how she fares.

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The 23-time Grand Slam champion has not competed at a WTA Tour event since winning the Australian Open in January 2017 while seven weeks pregnant.

But now, just six months on from the terror of suffering a pulmonary embolism during the birth of daughter Alexis Olympia, she will return in a first-round night match against Zarina Diyas.

Williams was handed a wildcard for an event with which she has endured a mixed relationship, having won the title in 1999 and 2001 but also boycotted for several years because of racial harassment.

The American is due on court at approximately 3am and subscribers can watch live on BT Sport 1, BTSport.com (via the live stream link above) or on the BT Sport app.

Williams v Diyas is part of a bumper evening of live tennis on BT Sport, starting from 7pm, that also features British number two Heather Watson’s clash with two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka.

Watson has lost all five previous encounters with the Belarusian despite running her particularly close at Wimbledon last year and will need to be on top of her game to deliver an upset.

However, Williams, as ever, will take top billing.

As she prepares for what will surely prove an emotional comeback, she admits there were times when she doubted whether it would ever happen.

“There have been so many days, even still, when I’m like, ‘How am I going to keep going?’ It’s been really, really difficult,” she told the BBC.

“But I keep going and I know that I might not be at my best yet. But I’m getting there and every day is a new day and every day I should be getting better. As long as I’m moving forward, even if it’s at a turtle’s pace, then I’m definitely OK with that.”

Williams, the perennial perfectionist, will no doubt be expecting to “move forward” into round two at Indian Wells despite her lack of competitive matches.

Make sure you join us live to find out if Diyas can spoil the party.

WTA Indian Wells features all the world’s top players and all the action is being shown exclusively live on BT Sport every day up to and including until the final on Sunday, March 18th. BT Sport is the live home of 52 WTA events per season – find out how we get you live in just 15 minutes right here.

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