Serena to play 1st match since birth of daughter

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Serena Williams of the US speaks next to her championship trophy during a press conference after her victory against Venus Williams of the US in the women's singles final on day 13 of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 28, 2017. / AFP / WILLIAM WEST / IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE
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Serena Williams is coming back.

The 36-year-old superstar confirmed Sunday that she will return for the upcoming Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi. In her first match since giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., Williams will square off against Jelena Ostapenko in an exhibition contest on Dec. 30.

"I am delighted to be returning to the court in Abu Dhabi for the first time since the birth of my daughter in September," she said in a statement. "The Mubadala World Tennis Championship has long marked the beginning of the men’s global tennis season and 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."

Williams has not appeared in a match since the Australian Open earlier this year, when she defeated sister Venus Williams in the final to win her 23rd Grand Slam singles title.