Serena Williams' comeback at Mubadala World Tennis Championship ends in defeat

Posted December 31, 2017

Tennis fans around the world have a special treat in-store at the 10 Edition of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship (MWTC).

Abu Dhabi: Jelena Ostapenko says she has nothing to lose and everything to gain when she takes on the returning former World No 1 Serena Williams in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. This will also be the first-time women players have played in the Championship.

Williams, who gave birth to her first child in mid-September, announced on Monday she would play French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in an exhibition match on Saturday in Abu Dhabi - her first tournament since becoming pregnant. This will be the first meeting between the two players.

There is no precedent for a 36-year-old 23-time Grand Slam victor to return to tennis after having a baby.

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"I'm excited. It's good to be back on the court", she said after the match, according to ESPN.

"First matches back are always super incredibly hard, especially after having a baby, but it was great".

"I don't know, but I am definitely looking forward to getting back out there".

The 2018 Australian Open kicks off in almost two weeks with Williams expected to participate. The younger Williams who has 72-career titles has been top of the Women's rankings for 319 weeks and posted her fifth consecutive top-three finish previous year having won at Wimbledon and Rome.

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"Knowing that I have won 23 Grand Slam titles and several other titles, I don't think I have anything more left to prove", she said. It's my first time playing in Abu Dhabi so thank you guys for the support. This was such a good time for me.

"This year has been fantastic for me".

"But if anyone is going to come back after a few months, you wouldn't bet against Serena, that's for sure".

She clinched the set when she showed off fine athleticism to reach a drop shot which caught the top of the net, but then fell short in the decisive match tie-break, too many errors allowing Ostapenko to clinch victory. A sell-out crowd of over 5,000 per day are expected to attend and experience the thrilling on-court action.

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