Serena Williams set to return next week

Updated: Dec 25, 2017, 12:47 IST | AFP

Former world number one Serena Williams will make her much-anticipated competitive return with an exhibition match on the final day of the Mubadala exhibition event on December 30, tournament organisers announced yesterday

Former world number one Serena Williams will make her much-anticipated competitive return with an exhibition match on the final day of the Mubadala exhibition event on December 30, tournament organisers announced yesterday. The 36-year-old, who has won an Open-era record 23 Grand Slam singles titles, will take on reigning French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko.

Serena Williams
Serena Williams

Williams won the Australian Open 11 months ago but has not played since because of pregnancy and the birth of her first child, Alexis Olympia, in September. She has since fallen to 22 in the WTA rankings. The American, who has never played the 20-year-old Ostapenko, will face the Latvian in the tournament's first ever women's match. "I am delighted to be returning to the court in Abu Dhabi for the first time since the birth of my daughter," she said in a statement on the tournament's website.

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