Serena Williams unsure about Australian Open after loss to Jelena Ostapenko

Taylor Byrd
December 31, 2017

Serena Williams lost her return tennis match since giving birth at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi on Saturday to French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko.

She was two-months pregnant at that time and took off for the birth of her first child in September.

The 36-year-old American, victor of 23 grand slam single titles, was making a comeback after taking almost 11 months off to have her first child.

Williams won the Australian Open while nine weeks pregnant a year ago but she has not yet committed to defending her title, with the Melbourne event set to start in a little over two weeks.

It is a surprise to see the American back in action so quickly, but she definitely has her eyes on a 24th Grand Slam trophy in Melbourne, but chose to compete in Abu Dhabi for her comeback, "I am delighted to be returning to the court in Abu Dhabi for the first time since the birth of my daughter in September".

Whenever the incredible story of Serena Williams' career is finished, a loss at the World Tennis Championship in 2017 won't be much of an interesting footnote. "I am definitely looking forward to getting back out there".

"I am taking it one day at a time. I am going to assess everything with my team before deciding".

Williams also has more grand slam singles titles - 23 - than the age of her rival Saturday, Ostapenko.

After the initial break, Ostapenko latched onto the weak serves of Williams, and several unforced errors helped, as she stormed back into the match to go 4-1 up with two breaks.

Williams struggled with her movement at first but played some fine shots in a 6-2 3-6 (10-5) defeat.

"I was just glad to be here", she said.

Williams' problems with her serve continued, but she unleashed a few of her trademark double-handed shots on both sides to break Ostapenko twice at the start of the second set to go 3-0 up. "But as the match moved on, I was less afraid", explained Williams. "I have nothing to lose and I will just enjoy the match". It's my first time playing in Abu Dhabi so thank you guys for the support.

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