Serena Williams Drops Comeback Match, Found It 'Super Incredibly Hard'

Serena Williams Drops Comeback Match, Found It 'Super Incredibly Hard'

It is a surprise to see the American back in action so quickly, but she definitely has her eyes on a 24th Grand Slam trophy in Melbourne, but chose to compete in Abu Dhabi for her comeback, "I am delighted to be returning to the court in Abu Dhabi for the first time since the birth of my daughter in September".

The Florida resident struggled with her movement early on but eventually got into her stride before going down 6-2 3-6 (10-5) to the French Open champion.

The championship is an exhibition tournament. "First matches back are always super incredibly hard, especially after having a baby but it was great, I'm glad I could do it here".

"She was actually my idol when I was growing up, and I saw her matches and I really liked the style she was playing". Another break in the ninth game delivered her first set of the comeback.

Williams, seen on social media, has been actively doing physical activities to keep her in shape, but would be racing against time to be fit for the 2018 Australian Open where she will attempt to defend her title.

It could be the flawless test event for Williams, especially after her opponent was revealed to be Jelena Ostapenko, the current world number seven. "I am definitely looking forward to getting back out there", Williams said.

"The more I played, the more confident I felt that I would be able to go for shots that I was afraid to go for in the first set".

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"I am taking it one day at a time".

She clinched the set when she showed off fine athleticism to reach a drop shot which caught the top of the net, but then fell short in the decisive match tie-break, too many errors allowing Ostapenko to clinch victory.

"In the beginning, it felt a little tough".

Bautista Agut made a strong start to the second set by breaking Anderson in the second game, but the South African broke back immediately to restore parity.

Williams again struggled with her serve in the second set.

It was the first time a women's match had been played in the traditionally men's only exhibition.

An aggressive Anderson swept the tiebreaker.

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