Serena Williams announces tennis return just FOUR months after giving birth

Serena Williams to make comeback in Abu Dhabi

Sport reports that Williams, 36, will make her big comeback next week at an exhibition match in Abu Dhabi, playing world number 7 Jelena Ostapenko from Latvia.

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

UAE media outlet The National reports that Williams is set to defend her Melbourne title, and the match may provide a good ground for her come back.

Serena Williams hasn't played competitive tennis since winning the Australian Open in January. All eyes will be on the professional athlete when she steps on the court to play Ostapenko, to see how she's hitting after nearly a year away.

Williams, who has won an Open-era record 23 Grand Slams, said she was "delighted to be returning to the court". She married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian last month after the pair welcomed their first child Alexis Olympia Ohanian in September.

Ostapenko echoed the sentiments of Serena by saying that she is thrilled and honoured to be one of the first women to play at the Mubadala World Tennis Championships, and she is more determined to follow up her dream 2017 season in Abu Dhabi next week.

Tennis champion Serena Williams will return to the court in Abu Dhabi this week after almost a year away from the sport.

It will be the first time in 10 years that a women's tennis match has taken place at the Mubadala World Tennis Championships, and will come as a major boost for fans in the region following last week's high-profile withdrawals of Rafael Nadal, Stanislas Wawrinka and Milos Raonic.

Brian Lott, the Chief Communications Officer of Mubadala, the main sponsor of the tournament, feels the same way as Serena. Ranked 22nd in the world, she would not need a wildcard.

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