Williams set for Abu Dhabi return

25 December 2017 00:13:12 GMTPlus11

Serena Williams is set to make her long-awaited return to tennis at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship next weekend.

The 36-year-old American has not played competitively for almost a year having won her 23rd Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January when she was eight weeks pregnant.

Williams gave birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian, on 1st September and has been working hard since to get back to full fitness in time to make her comeback and defend her title at Melbourne Park next month.

However, she is poised to get some much-needed game-time at the 10th edition of the exhibition event in Abu Dhabi when she will face an as yet unnamed opponent next Saturday, 30th December.

The Mubadala World Tennis Championship is usually only open to male players but an exception has been made this year.

Indeed, the presence of Williams will be seen as a boost to the organisers given that world number one Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka and Milos Raonic all recently withdrew from the tournament.

Williams will use the appearance as vital preparation for the Australian Open which she is 1213.00 to win and move level with Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 Open Era Slam wins in the process, while current world number one Simona Halep is priced at 8.00.

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