Serena Williams falls in first match since giving birth

Esther Moore
December 31, 2017

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Meanwhile, Ostapenko sounded delighted in her official statement, mentioning, "I am thrilled to be playing in Abu Dhabi at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship. I have nothing to lose and I will just enjoy the match".

"But now, if his injury is fine, he's probably more risky and better if he had some time to recharge".

"I am a little excited because I have never played her before", said Ostapenko, who has been practising since Thursday in Abu Dhabi.

Williams has won an Open Era record 23 Grand Slam singles titles.

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The Irons will no doubt be furious as they were denied two points while the Cherries gained a valuable point from the game. We talked about our game plan and what we wanted to do and that was certainly the furthest thing from our minds.

"It's pretty fantastic to play Serena and it's a great place to be here". There are players returning from injuries, but apart from Novak, nobody else will make a comeback like Roger and Rafa. I'm looking forward to the new season.

Serena Williams is back in action.

After a first set where she looked understandably off the pace, Williams fought back to level the match in the second.

What will be remembered from a 2-6, 6-3, 5-10 defeat to Jelena Ostapenko in Abu Dhabi is that after a year away from professional competition, after giving birth in September, getting married in November and adjusting to huge changes in her life, Williams stepped back on the court and proved - once again - that she won't be stopped.

Murray, who has struggled with a persistent hip injury since the Briton's quarterfinal exit at Wimbledon in July, pulled out of the US Open and dropped to 16th in the world rankings. "So, it would be a good way to return for both these players", said Anderson. I felt great on the court, the surface feels great for my game. And I heard just yesterday that Serena is coming here, so it is obviously very exciting for the tournament.

Having not played a proper match since winning in Melbourne (while pregnant it turned out) the American was inevitably sluggish at the start, with her movement ponderous and her serve underpowered.

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