Djokovic all set for return in Abu Dhabi

Kristopher Nichols
December 31, 2017

Williams struggled with her serve and Ostapenko won 6-2, 3-6 and then 10-5 in a super tiebreaker, but the American still impressed to take a set off the No. 7-ranked Ostapenko after almost a year away from tennis.

There is no precedent for a 36-year-old 23-time Grand Slam victor to return to tennis after having a baby.

"It's been a really roller coaster ride for me for a year and a half with this (elbow) issue.I've never had surgery in my life, I've never had any major injuries that kept me away from the tour for such a long time".

'It's good to be back on court. first matches back are super, incredibly hard especially after having a baby'.

SAM Stosur says she expects Serena Williams to front up to defend her Australian Open crown only if the American thinks she is ready to play at her best.

"But if anyone is going to come back after a few months, you wouldn't bet against Serena, that's for sure".

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In the finals of the Australian Open earlier this year, Williams beat her older sister, Venus, in straight sets in the process also claiming her seventh title at Melbourne Park. "I have nothing to lose and I will just enjoy the match".

"I am hoping next year I can get back to that and if I do then I have an opportunity to compete for the biggest tournaments in the world and I still believe that".

The 20-year-old Ostapenko was not even a thought in her parents' mind when Williams turned professional in September 1995.

Roberto Bautista Agut ousted young Russian Andrey Rublev, the youngest player in the draw, by 7-5 6-2 and he will now have a chance to meet Novak Djokovic, in the first match for the Serb since Wimbledon. "It was a really great clay-court season, there I was putting the base for all the good ranking, for all the London thing and everything so of course I try to play as successful as I did".

She also stuck mostly to the baseline and only twice charged the net. She took a while to find her rhythm in the first set, but rebounded quickly to win the second set. In the beginning, it felt a little tough.

"I'll go and just assess what I want to do and figure that out".

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