Serena Williams To Play First Match Since Giving Birth

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