Serena Williams reflects on the year she became a mom

Djokovic to face Bautista Agut in Abu Dhabi in first match since Wimbledon

Williams who gave birth to her first child earlier this year will play current French Open victor Jelena Ostapenko on day three (December 30) at 5pm as she prepares for the year's first Grand Slam next month.

The 36-year-old gave birth to her first child in September after revealing she was pregnant during her successful Australian Open campaign last January, where she defeated sister Venus in the women's singles final.

World No 7 Ostapenko ultimately came out on top, winning 6-2 3-6 10-5, but Williams looked in good shape, although she has not yet decided whether she will defend her Australia Open title next month.

However, in their last meeting on an outdoor hard court Bautista Agut pulled off his first win over the 12-time Grand Slam champion in Shanghai.

"I'm excited. It's good to be back on court, this is such a good time for me", she told Eurosport.

"I don't know, but I am definitely looking forward to getting back out there". This will be the first time that women have taken part in the event and it is a huge honour to be part of that history after watching the tournament for many years. "I am going to assess everything with Patrick [Mouratoglou, her coach] and my team".




"Knowing that I have won 23 Grand Slam titles and several other titles, I don't think I have anything more left to prove", she said. The younger Williams who has 72-career titles has been top of the Women's rankings for 319 weeks and posted her fifth consecutive top-three finish past year having won at Wimbledon and Rome.

Whenever the incredible story of Serena Williams' career is finished, a loss at the World Tennis Championship in 2017 won't be much of an interesting footnote.

Williams again struggled with her serve in the second set. "The more I played, the more confident I felt that I would be able to go for shots that I was afraid to go for in the first set".

The exhibition match in Abu Dhabi against Jelena Ostapenko was the American's first match for 11 months.

"I don't know if I am totally ready to come back on the Tour yet", she said.

The men's field in Abu Dhabi features US Open semi-finalist Pablo Carreno Busta, Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut and 20-year-old Russian Andrey Rublev apart from Djokovic, Thiem and Anderson.

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