Serena Williams will go back to tennis in Abu Dhabi subsequent week, virtually 4 months after giving delivery.
The American, 36, will play international quantity seven Jelena Ostapenko in an exhibition fit on 30 December throughout the Mubadala Global Tennis Championship.
Williams, who has received an Open-era file 23 Grand Slams, mentioned she was once “thrilled to be returning to the courtroom”.
She gave delivery to daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian in September.
Former international primary Williams has now not performed since successful the Australian Open in January.
Trainer Patrick Mouratoglou mentioned in November that no resolution have been revamped whether or not Williams would play within the season’s first Grand Slam.
Australian Open director Craig Tilley has mentioned Williams is “very most likely” to shield her identify on the 2018 match, which begins on 15 January.
Ranked 22nd on the planet, she would now not want a wildcard.
Rafael Nadal, Milos Raonic and Stan Wawrinka have pulled out of the Mubadala Global Tennis Championship, which runs from 28-30 December.
Latvian Ostapenko, whose fit in opposition to Williams would be the first between ladies to be performed at a match first staged in 2009, mentioned: “This is a massive honour to be a part of that historical past.”