It’s a date!
According to the BBC, Serena Williams is set to make her official return to tennis at an earlier date than expected — Saturday.
The 23-time Grand Slam winner will play in her first competitive match post-baby against number seven Jelena Ostapenko at the 10th annual Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi. Williams gave birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian, in September, and the last time she competed was in January when she won the Australian Open. To make the occasion even more special, Williams and Ostapenko’s match will also mark the first time that women have actually played in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship.
“I am delighted to be returning to the court in Abu Dhabi for the first time since the birth of my daughter in September,” Williams said in the MWTC event announcement. “The Mubadala World Tennis Championship has long marked the beginning of the men’s global tennis season and I am excited and honoured 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.”
While Ostapenko is ranked seventh, Williams, who has been inactive for almost a year, has dropped to 22nd while on hiatus. But with the MWTC match this weekend and a quest to defend her Australian Open title next month, we’re sure the 36-year-old will be back to number one soon enough. As the tennis ace told fans and followers, “Be very excited.” That, we most definitely are: