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Serena Williams' comeback at Mubadala World Tennis Championship ends in defeat

31 December 2017

Serena Williams lost her return tennis match since giving birth at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi on Saturday to French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko.

Williams admitted her mind wandered to her child, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., during the match.

World No 7 Ostapenko, who enjoyed a superb 2017 season that included winning her first grand slam title at the French Open at Roland Garros, said it was incredible to play Williams.

"I don't know if I am totally ready to come back on the tour yet".

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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 chose 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. I look forward to seeing the fans in Abu Dhabi at the 10th Edition of the Championship very soon".

"When I was fit and healthy past year (2016), you think about winning all the major events, getting to number one and winning every competition that you are in and that is what drives you", Murray told Sky Sports. "I am going to assess everything with Patrick [Mouratoglou, her coach] and my team".

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.

Williams insisted she has a lot more tennis to play.

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Williams again struggled with her serve in the second set. But as the match moved on, I was less afraid. "I am just proud being out here and playing in Abu Dhabi and to be able to just compete", Williams said.

"To play such a great champion is just great".

The exhibition match in Abu Dhabi against Jelena Ostapenko was the American's first match for 11 months. In today's matches, the US Open finalist Kevin Anderson took down Pablo Carreno Busta, whom he defeated in the semi-final in NY as well, by 6-3 7-6, and he will face Dominic Thiem in the semi-final on Saturday. An aggressive Anderson swept the tiebreaker.

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Serena Williams' comeback at Mubadala World Tennis Championship ends in defeat