Serena Williams returns to court for first time since having baby

This will be the first-time women players have played in the Championship

Serena Williams was pleased to get back on court despite losing what was her first match in nearly a year, against Jelena Ostapenko, at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

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 made a decision 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".

But she failed to fully rediscover her rhythm and quickly dropped the first set 6-2 to the Latvian Ostapenko, the French Open champion.

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"Serena is the greatest women's tennis player of all time, and perhaps the greatest competitor -- man or woman -- that I have seen".

Serena Williams returning against French Open champ Jelena Ostapenko at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi yesterday.

The contest, admittedly with only exhibition status at the Mubadala World Tennis event in Abu Dhabi, suggests that defending her Australian title is within reach of 36 year-old Williams. "I know that when I come back I definitely want to be competing for championships", Williams said after the match. It was completely lost actually at the end of the season and for me it's also tougher to get it back indoors or on faster surfaces. The goals change and I remember now how much I loved playing tennis - it isn't about winning every match I play in the future or winning more slams. She has yet to confirm her participation at the Australian Open.

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"I don't know, but I am definitely looking forward to getting back out there".

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.

She said, "I am delighted to be returning to the court in Abu Dhabi for the first time since the birth of my daughter in September".

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"To do well here would be an wonderful feeling but I'm not going to weigh my whole year and rest of career on the next three, four weeks", she said.

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