She’s Back!: Serena Williams Plays First Tennis Match Since Giving Birth
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Serena Williams made her return to the tennis circuit this weekend, losing to French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in an exhibition match in Abu Dhabi.

Ostapenko beat her 6-2, 3-6 and then 10-5 in a super tiebreaker, according to ESPN. But the new mother seemed thrilled with her performance despite the loss.

“For me, it is all about physical, how I am feeling physically … I am just proud being out here and playing in Abu Dhabi and to be able to just compete,” she said during a post-match press conference. “I have had a tough few months and I am just excited to be able to play again.”

Mama is back in the office.

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Williams gave birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr. four months ago, and she has been working hard to return to performance shape after nearly a year away from tennis. Williams won the 2017 Australian Open last in January while she was pregnant with her daughter.

“I don’t think I am going to rate my performance,” Williams said. “I have plenty of comebacks, from injuries, from surgeries, but I’ve never had a comeback after actually giving birth to a human being. So, in my eyes, I feel it was a wonderful, wonderful match for me.”