Serena Williams to make return after birth of her daughter

25 December, 2017, 18:56 | Author: Eleanor Thompson
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Williams, who married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian last month, said in a statement that she was "delighted to be returning to the court in Abu Dhabi". According to her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, Williams was doubtful for the Australian Open until last month.

Excited to make a return to the tennis court in Abu Dhabi, the former world number one said she was honoured to become the first woman to compete in the previously male-only event.

Williams, who got married last month, is now ranked 22nd in the world and would not require a wild card for the Australian Open which begins on January 15.

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Williams and Ostapenko will be the first women to participate in the 10th edition of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship.

It is still not yet known if Williams will try to defend her Australian Open crown, with the American scheduled to be a keynote speaker at the Inside ITF conference in Florida - which takes place slap bang in the middle of the tournament.

The Mubadala event had already seen men's world number one Rafael Nadal and three-time Grand Slam victor Stan Wawrinka withdraw. I look forward to seeing the fans in Abu Dhabi at the 10th Edition of the Championship very soon', the 23-time Grand Slam victor said.

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The 23-time grand slam champion will lock horns with French tennis star and Open Champion Jelena Ostapenko in a historic battle, after having won Australian Open in January.

Serena Williams, 36, also holds the most Grand Slam titles in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles combined amongst active players. "She's not only an incredible champion, she's a role model for millions of athletes all over the world and she joins Jelena in offering the UAE a match worthy of grand slam heritage right in the center of Abu Dhabi".

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