Our lord and saviour Serena Williams, she of the 23 Grand Slam titles and absolute dominance of women’s tennis, is coming back to the game just four months after birthing her blessed baby Alexis Olympia Ohanian in September.
BBC Sport reports that Williams, 36, will make her big comeback next week at an exhibition match in Abu Dhabi, playing world number 7 Jelena Ostapenko from Latvia.
The December 30 match is part of the Mudabala World Tennis Championship, with Williams and this year’s French Open winner Ostapenko making history as the first women to take part in the tournament.
Williams, who married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian last month, said in a statement that she was “delighted to be returning to the court in Abu Dhabi”.
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.
The tennis gun played her last match in January 2017, which just so happened to be the final of the Australian Open, which she won while secretly preggo with her daughter.
While she hasn’t confirmed whether she’ll be playing at Melbourne Park at next year’s Aus Open, the tournament’s director Craig Tilley has said it’s “very likely” that she will be back to defend her title when the comp kicks off on January 15.
While it’s pretty incredible that she’s bounced back to action so quickly after having a bub, remember Williams is a world-class athlete with access to the best care money can buy.
So if you’ve just popped a kid out yourself, don’t feel pressured to, like, go play a Grand Slam or anything, ya hear?Image: Getty Images / Clive Brunskill