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Serena Williams Announces Her Competitive Tennis Comeback Less Than 4 Months After Giving Birth

by Caralynn Lippo
Caralynn is a writer, native New Yorker, TV enthusiast, and dog mom to Hobbes.

This has been a big year for tennis champion Serena Williams.

On September 1, 2017, the Olympic athlete gave birth to her first child, daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., at the age of 35. Just over two months later, she married her fiancé (and her daughter’s dad) in a beautiful New Orleans ceremony.

But 2017 was a major year for Serena professionally as well. In January, she won the Australian Open yet again, marking her 23rd Grand Slam singles victory and putting her second on the all-time list (behind Margaret Court, who won 24 Grand Slams throughout her career). On top of that, Serena was roughly two months pregnant at the time she won the Australian Open.

It’s been 11 months since Serena’s last win and since she played a tournament. Now, she is finally returning to the competitive tennis court.

On December 30, 2017, less than four months after her daughter’s birth, Serena will face off against 20-year-old French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi. Their match also marks the very first time women have competed in this tournament.

In a statement about her upcoming participation in the tournament, Serena 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. The Mubadala World Tennis Championship has long marked the beginning of the men’s global tennis season and I am excited and honored to be making my comeback as part of the first women to participate in the event. I look forward to seeing the fans in Abu Dhabi at the 10th Edition of the Championship very soon.

Are you excited to see Serena finally back on the tennis court?

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Thumbnail Photos: Flickr / Edwin Martinez // Instagram / Serena Williams

[H/T: People]

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