Serena Williams loses in comeback match after pregnancy

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The contest, admittedly with only exhibition status at the Mubadala World Tennis event in Abu Dhabi, suggests that defending her Australian title is within reach of 36 year-old Williams.

Anderson broke Carreno Busta early in the second game of the opening set, and then his aggression paid off in the second-set tie-breaker as he earned a place in the semi-finals on Friday against world number five Dominic Thiem of Austria.

Serena Williams was pleased to get back on court despite losing what was her first match in nearly a year, against Jelena Ostapenko, at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

She was two-months pregnant at that time and took off for the birth of her first child in September. "I have nothing to lose and I will just enjoy the match".

Brian Lott, Chief Communications Officer of Mubadala, the title sponsor of the tournament, added, "For the tennis fans in the UAE, having Serena here as part of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship weekend is a thrilling opportunity to see even more world-class tennis". I know that when I come back I definitely want to be competing for championships.

Murray, who has struggled with a persistent hip injury since the Briton's quarterfinal exit at Wimbledon in July, pulled out of the US Open and dropped to 16th in the world rankings.

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It was the first time a women's match had been played in the traditionally men's only exhibition.

"It's going to be great to have Novak on court again - for everybody, for tennis, for all of us, " said the Spaniard. I felt great on the court, the surface feels great for my game. The goals change and I remember now how much I loved playing tennis - it isn't about winning every match I play in the future or winning more slams.

"I'm excited. It's good to be back on court, this is such a good time for me", she told Eurosport.

U.S. Open runner-up Kevin Anderson defeated Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 7-6 (0) in the men's final.

Nadal and three-time major victor Stan Wawrinka were scheduled to take part but pulled out to allow further recuperation from respective knee problems.

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