The GMOAT hits on Stadium 1

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. – Serena Williams is in the house.

The 36-year-old hosted a charity tennis event Tuesday – straight off an appearance at the first all-female Tie Break Tens event at Madison Square Garden in New York City,.

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Wednesday morning, she had her first hit at the BNP Paribas Open in the relatively private confines of the main stadium.

Williams, unseeded, was one of the dangerous floaters – probably THE most dangerous floaters in a draw that contains several.

The way the draw, which took place Monday, shook out, she ended up drawing Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan in the first round.

No first-round bye

To put it all in perspective, Williams probably doesn’t even remember what it’s like to PLAY a first round at Indian Wells, especially because she didn’t play the event from 2002 until her return in 2015.

With its 96-player draw, the 32 seeded players now have first-round byes.

The last time it happened was … 1999, when the Indian Wells draw was just 64 players. Williams, then 17, beat Jessica Steck of South Africa in the first round and upset world No. 2 Lindsay Davenport in the second round. She went all the way to the title, beating No. 5 seed Steffi Graf 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 in the final.

Here’s what she looked like on court this morning.

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