Speaking after her win over Diyas, she said: "It was incredible".
"There are three grand slams left this season". Williams then broke her opponent again en route to winning the final five games.
Watson threw everything at her but the kitchen sink, but Azarenka stood firm and held her nerve, wrapping up a 6-4, 6-2 victory shortly after with another break.
Dressed in all black with a golden "S" pinned to her outfit, Williams impressed with her solid performance. "That is one thing I take pride in, especially having a daughter and having a kid".
Although she is the 2012 and 2016 Indian Wells champion and a two-time Grand Slam champion, we understandably had questions of what to expect. "I think sometimes motherhood changes people in a way that they become less young and more serious, but that hasn't affected her". But she did reveal she's optimistic about the legal case finally coming to an end soon.
Having recently reunited with her childhood coach Slava Konikov, Azarenka seems happier than ever to be playing the game she loves when she's able, and is just trying to keep things in perspective and take everything in stride. Whether it's [being] a mom or playing tennis or doing my designing. It's definitely not easy.
"But I wouldn't say it's a lost time, it's unfortunate but it's part of life".
Williams' only competitive appearances since the birth came in December at an exhibition in Abu Dhabi, a Fed Cup doubles match with sister Venus last month and an exhibition in NY on Monday. As a result, expectations were tempered for the 28-year-old.
She started hitting harder and her familiar grunting returned when she tied the set 5-5.
"I wasn't going to play (the French Open) unless I had a TUE because if you remember that year I was incredibly sick". "My comeback could not have come on a better day and I decided I wanted to do something different let you all be apart of my long journey back".
Azarenka looked in total control as she raced to a 5-1 lead in the first set, but her progress was halted as Watson fought back with two breaks of her own.
"There were days unfortunately that I couldn't even get out of bed".
"She might go out a little less", Venus said before breaking into a grin.
"She's been really, really positive", Williams said. "I've always gotten a TUE, so you should fact check that".