Serena loses to Ostapenko in comeback after giving birth

Saul Bowman
December 31, 2017

Williams, who hadn't played since the 2017 Australian Open, lost 6-2, 3-6, 10-5.

Abu Dhabi - Former world number one and 12-time major victor Novak Djokovic will face Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut in his first match in nearly six months at the Mubadala world championships on Friday.

She took the court to a chorus of cheers from the stands.

Unexpectedly, a shocking news emerged after it was announced that Serena would be participating in the exhibition match in Abu Dhabi, looking to gauge her level before entering the opening Major of the year. "Motherhood is phenomenal. I was a little anxious out there - I looked at my camp and asked, 'Is Olympia OK?"

"But it's really good and I'm excited and it's good to be back on the court".

Though Djokovic was expected to make a return in 2018, he has made a decision to start his season early at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, beginning in Abu Dhabi tomorrow.

"But it's really good. First matches back are always super incredibly hard, but it was great and I'm glad I could do it here". "I've never had surgery in my life, I've never had any major injuries that kept me away from the tour for such a long time".


Williams' husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, was in attendance.

It is a surprise to see the American back in action so quickly, but she definitely has her eyes on a 24th Grand Slam trophy in Melbourne, but made a decision to compete in Abu Dhabi for her comeback, "I am delighted to be returning to the court in Abu Dhabi for the first time since the birth of my daughter in September. Keep cheering for my wife".

"Mama is back in the office", he wrote for the caption.

Alexis Olympia was born on September 1.

Williams shared a corresponding photo for each event, showing her on the tennis court at the Australian Open, cradling the trophy after her win, debuting her baby bump, documenting her pregnancy, her baby and bridal shower, and her Vanity Fair cover.

Djokovic, however, believes that his decision to take time off would surely pay dividends at Melbourne Park.

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