Serena loses to Ostapenko in comeback after giving birth

Serena loses to Ostapenko in comeback after giving birth

It was the first time Ostapenko had played against Williams, whom she described as her "childhood idol". "[But] it's good to be back on the court". "I have plenty of comebacks, from injuries, from surgeries, but I've never had a comeback after actually giving birth to a human being".

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.

However, she found more timing as the match progressed, increasing the speed on her serve and moving well inside the court. This will be the first time that women have taken part in the event and it is a huge honour to be part of that history after watching the tournament for many years. I missed playing, I missed competition, I missed the crowd, the atmosphere so much. "So, in my eyes, I feel it was a wonderful, wonderful match for me".

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Ostapenko is now entered at the 2018 Shenzhen Open, and their exhibition match will be held on 30 December, 5 pm local time. "I know that when I come back I definitely want to be competing for championships", she said, refusing to commit yet to the Australian Open, which starts in a little over two weeks.

Williams insisted she has a lot more tennis to play.

"Of course, it is not going to be easy for me after such a great season but I have prepared well and I am just going to try to perform my best at the grand slams and try to stay inside the top-10".

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After the initial break, Ostapenko latched onto Williams' weak serves and capitalized on several unforced errors to go up 4-1 with two breaks. "I have had a tough few months and I am just excited to be able to play again".

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In the second set, Bautista Agut broke in the second game, but the South African broke back immediately.

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An aggressive Anderson swept the tiebreaker.

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