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Serena Williams to return to action on Saturday after birth of her daughter

Tennis star, Serena Williams is set to make her playing comeback before the end of 2017, following the birth of her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohania.

The mother of one, who has not played since winning the Australian Open in January, will return to court to play French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko next Saturday, at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi.

Serena Williams to return to action on Saturday after birth of her daughter

The 36-year-old, who gave birth to her baby in September, is planning to make a competitive return at the Australian Open next month.

Confirming her comeback, she said:  ‘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 told the tournament’s official website.

‘The Mubadala World Tennis Championship has long marked the beginning of the men’s global tennis season.

‘I am excited and honoured to be making my comeback as part of the first women to participate in the event.

‘I look forward to seeing the fans in Abu Dhabi at the 10th Edition of the Championship very soon,’ She added.