Serena to return to court in Abu Dhabi

Dec 25, 2017, 06:49
Serena to return to court in Abu Dhabi

Serena Williams will make her long-awaited playing comeback in Abu Dhabi next week following the birth of her daughter Alexis Olympia, a little over three months ago.

After Nadal pulled out of November's ATP Finals with a knee injury, the 31-year-old's ongoing fitness issues could be a concern for the Australian Open, which begins on January 15.

Williams has been targeting a return for that same tournament, which is just a few weeks away, and now it has been confirmed that she will take part in a warm-up tournament.

Williams has a chance to equal Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slam titles, although she will have to make do with a low seeding in Australia after slipping to 22nd in the rankings.

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.

This match will be the flawless warm-up for her, as she's likely to compete once again in the Australian Open in January, where she'd be going for her 24th Grand Slam.

Serena Williams is set to compete for the first time since winning the Australian Open (pictured) on January 28, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia.

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.

Her opponent, Jelena Ostapenko, has won two WTA titles this year, including her first Grand Slam title at Roland Garros. Williams and Ostapenko will be the first women to play in the tournament, which started in 2009.

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