Djokovic all set for return in Abu Dhabi

Jonathan Hernandez
December 31, 2017

Four months after giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia and less than a month after returning to proper training, the 23-time Grand Slam champion took on last year's French Open victor Jelena Ostapenko in an exhibition clash in Abu Dhabi.

The legendary 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, still hungry for success, will be back in action for the first time since the birth of her daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr on 1st September 2017. "First matches back are always super incredibly hard, especially after having a baby but it was great, I'm glad I could do it here".

"But it's really good and I'm excited and it's good to be back on the court".

"When I was fit and healthy previous year (2016), you think about winning all the major events, getting to number one and winning every competition that you are in and that is what drives you", Murray told Sky Sports. "I am going to assess everything with my team before deciding".

Her opponent, Jelena Ostapenko, has won two WTA titles this year, including her first Grand Slam title at Roland Garros. "I want to become a more consistent player in 2018", she added. 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 previous year having won at Wimbledon and Rome. But she was nowhere near her best in the first set before fighting back and winning the second. But she went ahead 3-0 with a couple of early breaks and hit with more confidence, including several crowd-pleasing double-handed passing shots.

World number 20 Bautista Agut, a two-time victor on the ATP Tour in 2017, was broken when serving for the first set at 5-3 and then saw three set points come and go in the next game.

'I'm happy to play against him again.

This will be the first-time women players have played in the Championship.

"She's not only an incredible champion, she's a role model for millions of athletes all over the world and she joins Jelena in offering the UAE a match worthy of grand slam heritage right in the center of Abu Dhabi". An aggressive Anderson swept the tiebreaker.

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