Serena Williams loses in comeback match after pregnancy
31 December, 2017, 02:40 | Author: Edward Fernandez
What will be remembered from a 2-6, 6-3, 5-10 defeat to Jelena Ostapenko in Abu Dhabi is that after a year away from professional competition, after giving birth in September, getting married in November and adjusting to huge changes in her life, Williams stepped back on the court and proved - once again - that she won't be stopped.
Williams admitted her mind wandered to her child, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., during the match.
But she failed to fully rediscover her rhythm and quickly dropped the first set 6-2 to the Latvian Ostapenko, the French Open champion.
The 36-year-old Williams took time off after winning the Australian Open last January while pregnant.
'I played great. I think it was a good first match of the season.
'It's good to be back on court. first matches back are super, incredibly hard especially after having a baby'.
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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"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. "I am going to assess everything with Patrick [Mouratoglou, her coach] and my team".
Williams has won an Open Era record 23 Grand Slam singles titles. "I want to become a more consistent player in 2018", she added.
Williams won her opening game, breaking Ostapenko.
After the initial break, Ostapenko latched onto Williams' weak serves and capitalized on several unforced errors to go up 4-1 with two breaks.
This will be the first-time women players have played in the Championship. "I have nothing to lose and I will just enjoy the match".
"It is dubbed an "exhibition", but the tennis this week in Abu Dhabi is great - it is very competitive and everyone is going to give it their all". The 14th-ranked Anderson immediately broke Bautista Agut and was never in danger of losing serve in the first set.
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