Serena Williams’ first match after maternity leave to be an exhibition in Abu Dhabi


If you follow me on Twitter, you know that Serena Williams has committed to an exhibition event, the Mubadala World Tennis Championship (MWTC) in Abu Dhabi, and in less than a week she’s set to play her first match since giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia in September.

When I tweeted about it yesterday, the only source of the news was, while now everyone’s reporting it, and Serena herself has made a statement:

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.

Serena’s comeback match, the first ever women’s tennis clash staged at the exhibition tournament, is set to take place on December 30th at 17:00 at Zayed Sports City and the tennis legend’s opponent will be reigning French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko.



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