Abu Dhabi MWTC: Bautista Agut sets Djokovic clash. Anderson will face Thiem

Hope Soto
December 31, 2017

Williams struggled with her serve and Ostapenko won 6-2, 3-6 and then 10-5 in a super tiebreaker, but the American still impressed to take a set off the No. 7-ranked Ostapenko after almost a year away from tennis.

"I am really honoured to play Serena in her first match after coming back and I think it is such a great opportunity for me".

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.

"But it was great and I'm glad I could do it here".

"Motherhood is phenomenal. I was a little anxious out there and I looked at my camp and I was like 'Is Olympia ok?'".

The American made it clear that she was not going to retire and felt there were still a few years left in the legs, but it seemed as though she might struggle to make it back in time for the Australia Open in January.

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Williams' announcement of her exhibition on Saturday dovetails with Tennis Australia's confidence that she will play at Melbourne Park from January 15.

Abu Dhabi - Former world number one and 12-time major victor Novak Djokovic will face Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut in his first match in nearly six months at the Mubadala world championships on Friday. It had forced her to miss Wimbledon and the US Open. "I am going to assess everything with my team before deciding".

"Obviously, a bit slow at the start".

Roberto Bautista Agut will face Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals of the Mubadala World Tennis Championships after seeing off Andrey Rublev in straight sets.

"I got it back now for sure because I think it's nice that the whole tour stopped, you don't have to worry about any results or that somebody can overtake you".

"Unfortunately, the situation with the elbow has not changed for the better since yesterday", said Djokovic. Therefore, I will have to withdraw from (the) ATP tournament in Doha. The Mubadala World Tennis Championship has long marked the beginning of the men's global tennis season and I am excited and honoured to be making my comeback as part of the first women to participate in the event.

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