New Mom Serena Williams To Return To Court On Weekend
The 36-year-old American and 23rd Grand Slam title winner will face off with world number seven Jelena Ostapenko in an exhibition match on 30 December at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship.
Asked about her comeback, Williams says, “I am delighted to be returning to the court in Abu Dhabi for the first time since the birth of my daughter in September,” Mubadalawtc.com reported.
“The Mubadala World Tennis Championship has long marked the beginning of the men’s global tennis season and I am excited and honoured to be making a comeback as part of the first women to participate in the ecent.”
Former world number one Williams last played in the Australian Open in January. Coach Patrick Mouratoglou had earlier mentioned about her return. But it was not known then whether Serena would be playing in the season’s first Grand Slam or not. Australian Open director Craig Tilley has affirmed that Williams is “very likely” to defend her title at the 2018 tournament, which starts on 15 January.
Currently ranked 22nd in the world, Williams would not need a wild card.
Latvian Ostapenko, who is going to face Williams in the December 30 match, says: “It is a huge honour.”
Well, we certainly can’t wait for Serena’s powerpacked return!
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