Serena Williams loses in comeback match after pregnancy

Serena Williams

Serena Williams set for likely Australian Open comeback post-pregnancy

Serena Williams made her eagerly anticipated return to court at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship (MWTC) on Saturday but her comeback ended in defeat to Jelena Ostapenko.

The 36-year-old American, victor of 23 grand slam single titles, was making a comeback after taking almost 11 months off to have her first child.

Kim Clijsters won the US Open in 2009, 18 months after giving birth to her first child, but was only 26 at the time. 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.

"It's been a really roller coaster ride for me for a year and a half with this (elbow) issue.I've never had surgery in my life, I've never had any major injuries that kept me away from the tour for such a long time. Only when I'm 100 per cent ready to play, I will be able to come back". "First matches back are always super incredibly hard, but it was great and I'm glad I could do it here".

The 10th edition of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship kicked off today at the Abu Dhabi International Tennis Complex, with 2 quarter-final matches. She has yet to confirm her participation at the Australian Open. The Serb has not played competitively since and underwent surgery.

"When I was fit and healthy previous 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.

"She was actually my idol when I was growing up, and I saw her matches and I really liked the style she was playing".

Nervous organisers were buoyed by news yesterday that the two-time Wimbledon champion was on a flight to Brisbane following the blow of losing world No. 1 Rafael Nadal for the lead-in tournament to the Australian Open.

Anderson broke Carreno Busta early in the second game of the opening set, and then his aggression paid off in the second-set tie-breaker as he earned a place in the semi-finals on Friday against world number five Dominic Thiem of Austria.

"I'll go and just assess what I want to do and figure that out".

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