Serena Williams loses to Jelena Ostapenko in comeback match

Former tennis world number one Novak Djokovic

Williams said after the 67-minute match at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship that she is still undecided on her title defence of the Australian Open, which starts January 15, but delivered a warning to rivals.

The Florida resident struggled with her movement early on but eventually got into her stride before going down 6-2 3-6 (10-5) to the French Open champion.

Her last match was the Australian Open final, which she won despite being two-month pregnant.

However, she found more timing as the match progressed, increasing the speed on her serve and moving well inside the court.

Australian Open director Craig Tilley has said Williams is "very likely" to defend her title at the 2018 tournament, which starts on 15 January.

"I am taking it one day at a time".




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. I am going to assess everything with Patrick (Mouratoglou, her coach) and my team", she said.

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.

The American revealed she struggled to keep her mind on the match, saying in an on-court interview broadcast by Eurosport: "Motherhood is phenomenal". I missed playing, I missed competition, I missed the crowd, the atmosphere so much.

She also stuck mostly to the baseline and only twice charged the net.

Ostapenko is now entered at the 2018 Shenzhen Open, and their exhibition match will be held on 30 December, 5 pm local time. "But it's really good", the tennis star said, according to The Guardian. "But as the match moved on, I was less afraid", explained Williams. "I have had a tough few months and I am just excited to be able to play again".

"It was a wonderful opportunity for me to kind of test where I am at".

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