Williams won the match in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3, and will now go on to face No. 29 Kiki Bertens in the next round. Williams pointed out to the BBC that her access to healthcare, as well as her familiarity with her medical history and physical changes in her body, offer her certain protections that many other black women in this country lack.
"It's been really, really hard, 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".
The match length was 1 hour, 32 minutes.
It was pointed out to Williams that it was International Women's Day.
Williams, the perennial perfectionist, will no doubt be expecting to "move forward" into round two at Indian Wells despite her lack of competitive matches.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion is competing at the elite Indian Wells hardcourt tournament this week, her first tour action since her 2017 Australian Open triumph. She has been in training for six months, and hopes to rejoin her colleagues in Miami in a fortnight's time.
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Monday's event, which featured eight players facing off in 10-point "super tie breaks" as they vied for a $250,000 winner's prize, was a chance to sharpen her skills.
Also playing were elder sister Venus Williams, who has wrestled with the debilitating Sjogren's syndrome since 2011 but has remained within the elite ranks of tennis, and previous year reached two Major finals plus the semis of another. She then quickly held serve, and seemed to find her power again. Azarenka, who gave birth to son Leo in December 2016, has been in a custody fight that limited her travel. The Williams sisters could meet in the third round.
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Serving at 4-5, Williams was at 30-30 and facing a second serve.
She went on to explain that she wants the pins to have more than just supportive meaning for herself and her charity, but for whoever decides to wear one.