Back on the field, new mom Serena Williams was defeated 6-2, 3-6, 10-5 by Jelena Ostapenko in a friendly on Saturday.
Serena Williams will return to the field on January 15, this time in Melbourne, where the Australian Open begins.
Williams started his leave last January. On September 1st, she gave birth to her first child, a daughter named Alexis Olympia Ohanian.
The champion 23 major tournaments is currently the 22th racket of women’s tennis. She plans to defend her title in Melbourne, where the Australian Open starts on January 15th.
Ostapenko is ranked seventh in the WTA. Latvia triumphed at Roland-Garros in June, earning a first major title.
Away from the courts for almost a year, Serena Williams was beaten by Jelena Ostapenko (6-2, 3-6, 10-5) on Saturday at the Abu Dhabi exhibition.
Having given birth to her first child last September, Serena Williams had not played in competition since the final at the Australian Open almost a year ago.
This Saturday, the former world No. 1 (dropped to 22nd place) made a comeback on the courts, during the Abu Dhabi exhibition where she faced Jelena Ostapenko, crowned at Roland Garros in last June. And if she was reassured about her form, the American had to bow, beaten after a third set played as a tiebreak in 10 points. His real goal, defending his title in Melbourne, starts in 15 days.