Serena Williams to play first match since daughter's birth

Serena Williams hasn't played since winning the Australian Open in January

"I am delighted to be returning to the court in Abu Dhabi for the first time since the birth of my daughter", Williams, referring to her daughter Alexis, said in a statement on the tournament's official website.

Serena Williams hasn't played since winning the Australian Open in January.

Williams and Ostapenko will be the first women ever to participate in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship which was previously contested by only male players, who warmed up there ahead of the season-opening Australian Open.

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The American will play an exhibition match at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi on 30 December (local time).

While it's pretty incredible that she's bounced back to action so quickly after having a bub, remember Williams is a world-class athlete with access to the best care money can buy. Williams and Ostapenko will be the first women to play in the tournament, which started in 2009.

"Last season was really incredible for me and I can not wait to continue the start of my new season at such an wonderful event".

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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. "Last season was really incredible for me and I can not wait to continue the start of my new season at such an unbelievable event", said the 20-year-old Latvian.

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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.

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