Serena Williams to make return after birth of her daughter

Serena Williams will maker her return to court in a one-off match at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi. Quinn Rooney  Getty Images

It will be the first time that women championship will be hosted in Abu Dhabi.

New mom and tennis champ Serena Williams is getting ready for her first competitive match since giving birth September 1 to her new daughter with husband Alexis Ohanian. Williams last competed when she played in and won the Australian Open in January, which was while she was pregnant. While speaking to the press, Serena Williams expressed her delight and showed her dedication to the match.

The December 30 match is part of the Mudabala World Tennis Championship, with Williams and this year's French Open victor Ostapenko making history as the first women to take part in the tournament. She will face Latvia's Ostapenko at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in the first year that women will be taking part, tournament organizers announced Sunday. Her participation signals her intent to play in Australia after the recent birth of her first child.

Ostapenko broke through with a stunning French Open title, and the 20-year-old will take on Serena for the first time.

I am excited and honoured to be making my comeback as part of the first women to participate in the event, Williams added.

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The 23-time Grand Slam victor will take on a fellow Major victor in the form of Jelena Ostapenko on December 30, who stunned Simona Halep to win the French Open last June.

The Mubadala event had already seen men's world number one Rafael Nadal and three-time Grand Slam victor Stan Wawrinka withdraw.

UAE media outlet The National reports that Williams is set to defend her Melbourne title, and the match may provide a good ground for her come back.

Djokovic, a 12-time Grand Slam champion, has not played competitively since his quarterfinal loss in July to Tomas Berdych at Wimbledon because of an elbow injury.

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