Serena Williams returns to court for first time since having baby

Serena Williams

Serena Williams returns to court for first time since having baby

Serena Williams lost in her comeback to competitive tennis after her pregnancy, going down to reigning French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in an exhibition in the United Arab Emirates on Saturday.

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

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Playing her first match since winning the Australian Open in January, the 36-year-old former world number one - who became a mum for the first time in September - looked far from full fitness but that was understandable. The American great was back on court on Saturday night for her first match after an nearly one-year break - but it was not the result she was hoping for. I missed playing, I missed competition, I missed the crowd, the atmosphere so much.

"Motherhood is phenomenal. I was a little anxious - I looked at my camp and asked, 'Is (my daughter) Olympia OK?' But it's really good to be back on the court. I'm taking it one day at a time I'm going to asses everything with Patrick and my team and go from there". "She's not only an incredible champion, she's a role model for millions of athletes all over the world and she joins Jelena in offering the UAE a match worthy of grand slam heritage right in the center of Abu Dhabi". But despite also surrendering his world number one ranking during a frustrating year, Murray insists he won't be motivated exclusively by thoughts of Grand Slam glory once he gets back on court. "I want to become a more consistent player in 2018", she added.

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Williams has registered for the Australian Open, which begins on January 15 at Melbourne Park.

Federer won the Australian Open and a record eighth Wimbledon while Nadal claimed a 10th French Open and the US Open in a Slam sweep for the two veteran stars. "When you haven't competed for a long while, it takes time to get back up to that pace".

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"It's been probably a bit more of an unconventional pre-season for me in some ways but it's been really good, " she said. "For sure I hope that it's the same this year because if I play him on clay that means that I go deep in the tournaments", said Thiem of his rivalry with the world No. 1.

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