Jelena Ostapenko excited over clash with Serena Williams in Abu Dhabi

Updated: Dec 30, 2017, 12:43 IST | AFP

Jelena Ostapenko says she has nothing to lose and everything to gain when she takes on the returning former world number one Serena Williams in Abu Dhabi today

Jelena Ostapenko says she has nothing to lose and everything to gain when she takes on the returning former world number one Serena Williams in Abu Dhabi today.

Latvian Jelena Ostapenko
Latvian Jelena Ostapenko

The exhibition match will be the highlight of the three-day Mubadala World Tennis Championship as it marks Williams’ return to the court for the first time since winning the Australian Open at the start of the year. She was two-months pregnant at that time and took off for the birth of her first child in September.

"I am a little excited because I have never played her before," said Ostapenko.

"I am really honoured to play Serena in her first match after coming back and I think it is a great opportunity for me. She was my idol when I was growing up, and I saw her matches and I liked her style. I think she is very big for women’s tennis. To play such a great champion is just great. I have nothing to lose."

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