Serena Williams to face Jelena Ostapenko in come-back match at Abu Dhabi event

first_imgSerena Williams, a 23-time grand slam champion, will mark her comeback to Tennis at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, since taking time out for the birth of her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.She will step on to the court after almost a year in preparation of her Australian Open title defence and will face off against French Open winner Jelena Ostapenko and will be the first pair to participate in the 10th edition of the tournament.The match with be the 36-year-old Williams’ first in almost a year as she prepares to try to defend her Australian Open crown in January, a title she captured earlier this year while pregnant. As for the Australian Open, she will seeded very low after she 22nd inthe WTA rankings, as she missed almost 11 months of Tennis.I had to Wikipedia my age the other day. I forgot how old I was.- Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) December 25, 2017″I am delighted to be returning to the court in Abu Dhabi for the first time since the birth of my daughter in September,” Williams said in a statement on the championship’s website.In the 10th edition of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, which has long marked the beginning of the men’s global tennis season, Serena will be making history along with Ostapenko.”I am excited and honoured to be making my comeback as part of the first women to participate in the event,” Williams added.The championship runs from Dec. 31 to Jan. 2.advertisement(With inputs from Reuters)last_img