Serena to get back on court at Abu Dhabi

Serena Williams Australian Open Mubadala World Tennis Championship

In September, Serena had revealed that she had set an "outrageous" goal of making a comeback at the Australian Open, something which will push her Grand Slam total to an all-time record-tying 24 titles.

Now, the 36-year-old tennis star will be making her grand return with an exhibition match on Saturday, Dec. 30, at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, where she'll face off against Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko.

The decision to play in the United Arab Emirates should virtually confirm Williams' participation at Melbourne Park.

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It is nearly a year since Williams won the Australian Open title, later revealing she was pregnant with her first child, Alexis Olympia who was born in September.

"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 as part of the statement released by organizers.

It is still not yet known if Williams will try to defend her Australian Open crown, with the American scheduled to be a keynote speaker at the Inside ITF conference in Florida - which takes place slap bang in the middle of the tournament.

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It also provides a boost the Australian Open, after two-time champion Victoria Azarenka pulled out of the warm-up event in Auckland over the ongoing custody battle that has stopped the Belarusian from playing since Wimbledon in July.

Two athletes have withdrawn from the Mubadala event: the men's world No. 1 player, Rafael Nadal, and the three-time Grand Slam victor Stan Wawrinka.

The arrival of the American would be a boost for the event, which lost Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka and Milos Raonic in quick order after all failed to recover fully from 2017 injuries.

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