It is nearly a year since Williams won the Australian Open title, later revealing she was pregnant with her first child, Alexis Olympia who was born in September.
After nearly a year away, Williams is making her return at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship Saturday in Abu Dhabai against French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, according to tournament organizers.
2017, the 36-year-old has not played a match, as she became pregnant with a girl who was born last September, reports Efe.
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"I am delighted to be returning to the court in Abu Dhabi for the first time since the birth of my daughter", Williams, referring to her daughter Alexis, said in a statement on the tournament's official website.
Australian Open director Craig Tilley has been confident that she will take part, however, saying it is "very likely" that Williams will take to the court on 15 January. All eyes will be on the professional athlete when she steps on the court to play Ostapenko, to see how she's hitting after nearly a year away.
Excited to make a return to the tennis court in Abu Dhabi, the former world number one said she was honoured to become the first woman to compete in the previously male-only event.
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Meanwhile, Williams appears to be enjoying motherhood, posting this photo of her and her newborn daughter, Alexis Olympia, on Christmas Eve. Serena truly made the event her own by rocking a pair of sneakers with a dress for the wedding reception.
Brian Lott, the Chief Communications Officer of Mubadala, the main sponsor of the tournament, feels the same way as Serena.
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