Published: Tue, December 26, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Serena Williams Returning to Tennis on Saturday

Serena Williams Returning to Tennis on Saturday

1 Serena Williams will return to action at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi later this month.

The 23-time Grand Slam victor will take on a fellow Major victor in the form of Jelena Ostapenko on December 30, who stunned Simona Halep to win the French Open last June.

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

'I look forward to seeing the fans in Abu Dhabi at the 10th edition of the Championship very soon'.

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.

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.

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

The match will be the 36-year-old Williams' first in nearly a year as she prepares to try to defend her Australian Open crown in January, a title she captured earlier this year while pregnant.

During her time off the court, Williams gave birth to Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. and married her daughter's father, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, in November.

But the world number one has joined Stan Wawrinka and Milos Raonic in withdrawing from the tournament, with fellow Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut taking his place.

Williams will return with a match against Latvia's French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, making them the first women to compete in the previously male-only event.

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