Serena Williams To Play First Match Since Giving Birth

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Serena Williams will return to the court on Dec. 30 for the first time since giving birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia .

The 36-year-old tennis champion and the world's highest paid female athlete will play against Jelena Ostapenko in an exhibition at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi.

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"I am delighted to be returning to the court in Abu Dhabi for the first time since the birth of my daughter in September," Williams said in a statement. "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."

Williams gave birth to a girl named Alexis on Sept. 1 and she married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in November.

-Devashree Goenka