Serena Williams set for likely Australian Open comeback after pregnancy

Doug Mendoza
December 29, 2017

Serena Williams will come back to the tennis court in an exhibition match in Abu Dhabi next week, after nearly a year-long maternity break.

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

The 30-year-old former world number one has not played since Wimbledon last July after an elbow injury caused him to call an end to his season.

Williams would appear to be out for the rest of this tennis season, a blow to a sport in which she is an unqualified star - and, of course, something that makes major titles easier to come by for other competitors.

Andy Murray flew out of the United Kingdom yesterday on his way to an extended stopover in Abu Dhabi and then the ultimate destination of Australia, where he still hopes to be fit enough to participate in the year's first grand slam tournament on Jan 15.

Serena Williams set for likely Australian Open comeback after pregnancy

Williams' announcement of her exhibition on Saturday dovetails with Tennis Australia's confidence that she will play at Melbourne Park from January 15.

Djokovic will return to court this week at the Mubadala World Championship which begins on Thursday.

"I'm thrilled to be playing in Abu Dhabi, this will be the first time that women have taken part in the event and it is a huge honor to be part of that history after watching the tournament for many years", Ostapenko said. "Last season was really incredible for me and I can not wait to continue the start of my new season at such an awesome event".

"She's got her visa, she's entered, she's practicing and she's probably just got to find a bit more space for a bigger entourage", he told the Herald Sun.

It's another love game for Serena Williams: She is pregnant - and, based on the timeline she offered, she already was when she won the Australian Open. 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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