Serena to return to court in Abu Dhabi

Serena Williams at the Australian Open 2017

Serena Williams hits the court early at the Mubadala World Tennis Championships Britwatch Team December

Tennis champion Serena Williams will return to the court in Abu Dhabi this week after almost a year away from the sport.

New mom and tennis champ Serena Williams is getting ready for her first competitive match since giving birth September 1 to her new daughter with husband Alexis Ohanian.

The tennis gun played her last match in January 2017, which just so happened to be the final of the Australian Open, which she won while secretly preggo with her daughter.

Serena Williams' maternity leave is set to get over as the American tennis star will make her much-anticipated competitive return to the tennis court with next week's Mubadala exhibition event in Abu Dhabi. This will be the first time that women have taken part in the event and it is a huge honour to be part of that history after watching the tournament for many years.

"I am delighted to be returning to the court in Abu Dhabi for the first time since the birth of my daughter in September".

In her first match since winning the Australian Open last January, Serena will meet French victor Jelena Ostapenko on Saturday, December 30 at 5pm local time.

Serena Williams signs autographs after winning her Australian Open Women's singles quarterfinal match against Britain's Johanna Konta, at Melbourne Park, January 25, 2107.

The 36-year old will play World No. 7 Jelena Ostapenko in an exhibition match on December 30.

Men's world No.1 Rafael Nadal was also supposed to play in the event but withdrew due to ongoing troubles with his knee. So we're anxious to see how this game will turn out for the twenty-three time grand slam champion.

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