Serena Williams Returns four months after child birth

Lawrence Cooper
December 27, 2017

The American tennis ace, who won this year's Grand Slam title at the Melbourne Park, while she was pregnant, is ready to make a comeback just four-and-a-half months after giving birth to her baby girl Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.

Australian Open director Craig Tilley has said Williams is "very likely" to defend her title at the 2018 tournament, which starts on January 15.

Sport reports that Williams, 36, will make her big comeback next week at an exhibition match in Abu Dhabi, playing world number 7 Jelena Ostapenko from Latvia.

The December 30 match is part of the Mudabala World Tennis Championship, with Williams and this year's French Open victor Ostapenko making history as the first women to take part in the tournament.

While it's pretty incredible that she's bounced back to action so quickly after having a bub, remember Williams is a world-class athlete with access to the best care money can buy. "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".

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The matchup represents the first time women have played at Mudabala, and comes ahead of Williams' return to competitive tennis at the Australian Open in January.

It is the first time a women's tennis match will be staged at the Abu Dhabi showpiece.

The Serb has not played competitively since his quarter-final loss at Wimbledon in July because of an elbow injury.

The Ostapenko-Williams match will take place on day three of the championship, which runs from December 28 to 30 at the capital's International Tennis Centre.

The trio have been replaced by Roberto Bautista-Agut, Kevin Anderson and Andrey Rublev, and they join former world No 1 and 12-time grand slam victor Novak Djokovic, as well as Pablo Carreno Busta and Dominic Thiem.

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