Serena Williams returning to tennis with exhibition match in Abu Dhabi


Tennis: Australian Open

Serena Williams will make her return to the tennis court after the birth of her daughter, facing Jelena Ostapenko in an exhibition match on Saturday, Dec. 30.

Williams will take on the reigning French Open champion during the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi.

“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. “The Mubadala World Tennis Championship has long marked the beginning of the men’s global tennis season and I am excited and honored to be making my comeback as part of the first women to participate in the event.”

Williams has not played a competitive match since winning the Australian Open in January. The 36-year-old has won 23 Grand Slam titles in her career.

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