Serena Williams 'Excited To Be Back' Playing Tennis After Giving Birth

Serena Williams 'Excited To Be Back' Playing Tennis After Giving Birth

However, despite impressing after taking a set off the No. 7-ranked Ostapenko after almost a year away from tennis, Williams conceded she is still undecided whether she will defend her Australian Open title when the first major of the year gets underway in Melbourne on January 15.

"I think it'd be absolutely remarkable if she does - it would be one of the quickest comebacks ever", Australian No. 3 Stosur said before practising at the Queensland Tennis Centre.

"It's pretty awesome to play Serena and it's a great place to be here. I have nothing to lose and I will just enjoy the match".

"It's too tough. I think everybody can look forward to a great and tense start of the season".

Brian Lott, Chief Communications Officer of Mubadala, the title sponsor of the tournament, added, "For the tennis fans in the UAE, having Serena here as part of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship weekend is a thrilling opportunity to see even more world-class tennis".

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

Despite giving birth just four months ago to her daughter, Williams was very competitive with French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in losing 2-6, 6-3, 10-5 (in a deciding tie-breaker).

Another player in the field looking to build on his successful 2017 is South African Kevin Anderson.

Murray, who has struggled with a persistent hip injury since the Briton's quarterfinal exit at Wimbledon in July, pulled out of the US Open and dropped to 16th in the world rankings. "But it's really good", the tennis star said, according to The Guardian. I felt great on the court, the surface feels great for my game.

"I'm excited. It's good to be back on the court", she said after the match, according to ESPN. In today's matches, the US Open finalist Kevin Anderson took down Pablo Carreno Busta, whom he defeated in the semi-final in NY as well, by 6-3 7-6, and he will face Dominic Thiem in the semi-final on Saturday.

"Given the changes and everything she would've gone through I wouldn't expect her to be out here if she doesn't feel like she's ready to play at her best".

Djokovic and Thiem have byes to the semi-finals.

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