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Serena set to return to tennis in Abu Dhabi exhibition against Ostapenko

25 Декабря 2017

New mother Serena Williams is heading back out on the tennis court for her first match since giving birth to her daughter in September.

Excited to make a return to the tennis court in Abu Dhabi, the former world number one said she was honoured to become the first woman to compete in the previously male-only event.

Serena claimed an Open-era record 23rd major title by beating older sister Venus 6-4, 6-4 in this year's Australian Open final, a feat made all the more remarkable by the fact that she was two months pregnant.

After nearly a year away, Williams is making her return at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship Saturday in Abu Dhabai against French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, according to tournament organizers.

Any doubt that Serena Williams would not be back in time for the start of the 2018 tennis season was all but erased on Sunday morning, when the 23-time Grand Slam champion essentially delivered an early Christmas present for her fans. She married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian last month after the pair welcomed their first child Alexis Olympia Ohanian in September. I look forward to seeing the fans in Abu Dhabi at the 10th Edition of the Championship very soon', the 23-time Grand Slam victor said.

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Ostapenko claimed her maiden Slam title at Roland Garros, and has been playing in the Hua Hin exhibition.

The 23-time Grand Slam victor will take on a fellow Major victor in the form of Jelena Ostapenko on December 30, who stunned Simona Halep to win the French Open last June.

"For the tennis fans in the UAE, having Serena here as part of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship weekend is a thrilling opportunity to see even more world-class tennis", he said in a statement.

Nadal had won the French Open and the US Open this year while returning to the top of the rankings for the first time since June 2014.

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