Serena Williams confirms she will make comeback next week four months after giving birth to her daughter
Serena Williams has confirmed that her long-awaited return to tennis will happen in Abu Dhabi next week because the 23-time grand slam champion prepares for her Australian Open title defence in Melbourne next month.
The 36-year-old American has not performed competitively since successful the event in January this 12 months whereas pregnant with her first youngster, daughter Alexis Olympia, slipping to 22nd within the WTA world rankings.
Williams gave birth to her daughter at the beginning of September earlier than marrying long-term accomplice Alexis Ohanian in November, with her return coming fewer than four months since having the couple’s first youngster.
“I am delighted to be returning to the court in Abu Dhabi for the first time since the birth of my daughter in September,” mentioned in an announcement on Sunday.
“The Mubadala World Tennis Championship has lengthy marked the start of the lads’s world tennis season and I’m excited and honoured to be making my comeback as a part of the primary girls to take part within the occasion.
“I look forward to seeing the fans in Abu Dhabi at the 10th Edition of the Championship very soon.”
But after asserting a deliberate comeback to defend her Australia crown, Williams will participate in an exhibition match on Saturday 30 December at Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi as a part of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in opposition to reigning French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko.
The event is due to get underway on 28 December, with Williams that includes on the ultimate day’s motion in opposition to 20-year-old Latvian Ostapenko. It will be the primary time in 10 years girls’s tennis match has taken place on the Mubadala World Tennis Championships, and will come as a significant enhance for followers within the area following final week’s high-profile withdrawals of Rafael Nadal, Stanislas Wawrinka and Milos Raonic.
Williams gained the Australia Open final season whereas pregnant (Getty)
The trio have been changed by Roberto Bautista-Agut, Kevin Anderson and Andrey Rublev, and so they be part of former world No 1 and 12-time grand slam winner Novak Djokovic, in addition to Pablo Carreno Busta and Dominic Thiem.
The draw for the Australian Open will happen on Thursday 11 January, the place Williams will uncover her potential path to a document 24th grand slam title and eighth Australian Open if she can defy expectations and full an astonishingly fast return from being pregnant.