Serena Williams tastes defeat on her comeback

Serena Williams tastes defeat on her comeback

Serena Williams tastes defeat on her comeback

The younger Williams who has 72-career titles has been top of the Women's rankings for 319 weeks and posted her fifth consecutive top-three finish a year ago having won at Wimbledon and Rome.

She took the court to a chorus of cheers from the stands.

She returned to the tennis court Saturday, competing in her first match since having her baby, but lost to Jelena Ostapenko at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi.

Williams looked far from full fitness just four months after the birth of her first child, and the former world No. 1 admitted it was not easy for her as she was constantly anxious for her baby.

Serena beat sister Venus in the 2017 Australian Open final to claim her seventh title in Melbourne.

"It was good to be back out there. I think everybody wants to know how he's playing again and we'll see his first matches here". I felt great on the court, the surface feels great for my game. "I look forward to seeing the fans in Abu Dhabi at the 10th Edition of the Championship very soon".

"It's been a really roller coaster ride for me for a year and a half with this (elbow) issue.I've never had surgery in my life, I've never had any major injuries that kept me away from the tour for such a long time".

The 33-year-old former US Open champion says she expects to play next summer's circuit at least and will be looking to improve on a first-round exit at Pat Rafter Arena last summer to seeded Garbine Muguruza.

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The 20-year-old Ostapenko was not even a thought in her parents' mind when Williams turned professional in September 1995.

But she failed to fully rediscover her rhythm and quickly dropped the first set 6-2 to the Latvian Ostapenko, the French Open champion.

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 now, if his injury is fine, he's probably more unsafe and better if he had some time to recharge".

"But it's really good. But as the match moved on, I was less afraid", explained Williams.

"Little man wanted a selfie, I asked where is phone was, he said with his parents, so I asked where they were and he pointed across the arena, so I asked how he got way down here and he just pointed at his head", Ohanian tweeted. "Not just physically, but also mentally".

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

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