Almost four months after giving birth to a baby, Serena Williams will be returning to tennis in Abu Dhabi in the next week.
The 36-year-old tennis champion will be playing an exhibition match on Saturday against defending French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in Abu Dhabi at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship. This is Serena’s first competitive game since she has won her record 23rd Grand Slam Title in January at the 2017 Australian Open; she was eight weeks pregnant at that time with her husband Alexis Ohanian’s daughter Alexis Olympia. On Sunday, Serena told ESPN, “I am delighted to be returning to the court in Abu Dhabi for the first time since the birth of my daughter in September.”
She continued, “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 my comeback as part of the first women to participate in the event.” Serena Williams and her husband got married in November, for which Alexis has taken paternity leave for forming a bond with the baby. In November, Coach Patrick Mouratoglou that no decision has been made that whether Serena will play in the season’s first Grand Slam also Craig Tilley, Australia Open director has said that it is ‘very likely’ to defend her title at the tournament in 2018 starting on 15th January.
According to the Herald Sun, he said that she has got her visa, she has entered, she is practising, and she has probably just got to find a bit more space for a more significant entourage. She is ranked 22nd in the world, and she won’t need a wildcard. The Mubadala World Championship which ran from 28th to 30th December pulled out Rafael Nadal, Milos Raonic, and Stan Wawrinka out of the championship.