IMAGE: USA’s Serena Williams performs a backhand throughout her fit in opposition to Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko on Day Three of the Mubadala Global Tennis Championship at World Tennis Centre Zayed Sports activities Town in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Saturday. : Tom Dulat/Getty Pictures
A heavy-footed Serena Williams suffered defeat on her comeback, shedding to French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
Serena returned from a maternity smash to lose 6-2, Three-6, 10-Five to the 20-year-old Latvian.
It was once Williams’s first trip since profitable her 23rd grand slam singles identify on the Australian Open in January, whilst pregnant, prior to taking day trip to have the child.
However she failed to totally rediscover her rhythm and briefly dropped the primary set 6-2 to the Latvian Ostapenko, the French Open champion.
The 36-year-old American roared again to win the second one set 6-Three prior to shedding the decisive tiebreak 10-Five within the exhibition fit.
Williams admitted her thoughts wandered to her kid, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., throughout the fit.
“Motherhood is exceptional. I used to be somewhat fearful available in the market and I checked out my camp and I used to be like ‘Is Olympia good enough?’. However it is in point of fact just right,” she mentioned in her on-court interview.
“I am excited, you want to be again at the court docket. This was once this kind of just right time for me.
“It is my first time taking part in in Abu Dhabi so thanks guys for the beef up. First suits again are all the time tremendous extremely onerous, particularly after having a child nevertheless it was once nice, I’m satisfied I may do it right here.”
The previous global No.1 will vie to protect her Australian Open identify when the match will get underway January 15.