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Serena Williams set to launch comeback in Abu Dhabi

Serena Williams set to launch comeback in Abu Dhabi

The 36-year-old last played a competitive match at the Australian Open in January when she was pregnant with daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., whose father is Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.

"I am delighted to be returning to the court in Abu Dhabi for the first time since the birth of my daughter in September", Williams said in a statement. With news gathering pace on Serena's likely return being in at the Australian Open in Melbourne after confirmation that her name was in the entry list for the first Grand Slam of the year, she has now made the decision to return to the tennis courts a little earlier than expected. "I really want to thank them for understanding and I am sending a special warm message to my fans in the UAE and in Abu Dhabi in particular".

Williams will face one of the breakout stars of women's tennis in 2017.

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"I am very sorry and disappointed to announce that I won't be competing this year at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship", Nadal said.

Tennis fans around the world have a special treat in-store at the 10 Edition of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship (MWTC). On December 30, as well as 29, fans will be able watch also the 12-time Grand Slam victor Novak Djokovic, who will face Andrey Rublev or Dominic Thiem in the semifinals and then will play the third or first place final. She has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, a record for the professional era.

Day 1 of the tournament, on Thursday, will host the men's quarter-final matches, with Carreno Busta and Anderson first on court at 5pm, followed by Bautista Agut against Rublev. This will be the first meeting between the two players.


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