Serena Williams falls in first match since giving birth
Serena Williams falls in first match since giving birth
The Mubadala World Tennis Championship starring Novak Djokovic begins there on Thursday
31 December, 2017, 01:41
It is a surprise to see the American back in action so quickly, but she definitely has her eyes on a 24th Grand Slam trophy in Melbourne, but made a decision to compete in Abu Dhabi for her comeback, "I am delighted to be returning to the court in Abu Dhabi for the first time since the birth of my daughter in September".
It was Ostapenko who ultimately came out on top, winning 6-2 3-6 10-5, but Williams showed more than enough to indicate she could be a force to be reckoned with at the Australian Open in two weeks' time.
The contest, admittedly with only exhibition status at the Mubadala World Tennis event in Abu Dhabi, suggests that defending her Australian title is within reach of 36 year-old Williams.
'It's good to be back on court. first matches back are super, incredibly hard especially after having a baby'. "But as the match moved on, I was less afraid", explained Williams. "But it's really good", she said in her on-court interview.
She started well, breaking Ostapenko's serve in the first game of the match.
It could be the ideal test event for Williams, especially after her opponent was revealed to be Jelena Ostapenko, the current world number seven.
"I don't know, but I am definitely looking forward to getting back out there". This was such a good time for me.
Williams' problems with her serve continued, but she unleashed a few of her trademark double-handed shots on both sides to break Ostapenko twice at the start of the second set to go 3-0 up.
After the initial break, Ostapenko latched onto Williams' weak serves and capitalized on several unforced errors to go up 4-1 with two breaks.
"In the beginning, it felt a little tough".
There were still some uncharacteristic misses and questionable decision making but Williams' ambition for the new season was evident in her displays of frustration when she fell short of her own expectations.
"For me, it is all about physical, how I am feeling physically". The 14th-ranked Anderson immediately broke Bautista Agut and was never in danger of losing serve in the first set.
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