New mum, Serena Williams on Saturday suffered defeat on her comeback from a maternity break as French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko powered to victory within the “first to ten points” last set on the Mubadala World Championship in Abu Dhabi.
The championship is an exhibition match.
The gradual shifting 36-year-old Williams regarded static and much from full health simply 4 months after the delivery of her first little one and Ostapenko, a 20-year-old Latvian, gained 6-2, Three-6, 10/5.
“The first match is always really hard after a break,” Williams stated.
The 36-year-old American, winner of 23 grand slam single titles, was making a comeback after taking practically 11 months off to have her first little one.
Her final match was the Australian Open last, which she gained regardless of being two-month pregnant.
“It was good to be back out there. I missed playing, I missed competition, I missed the crowd, the atmosphere so much. It was really nice to be back,” stated Williams after the match.
“I don’t know if I am totally ready to come back on the Tour yet. I know that when I come back I definitely want to be competing for championships,” she stated, refusing to commit but to the Australian Open, which begins in a little bit over two weeks.
“I don’t know, however I’m positively wanting ahead to getting again on the market.
“I am taking it one day at a time. I am going to assess everything with Patrick (Mouratoglou, her coach) and my team,” she stated.
It was the primary time Ostapenko had performed towards Williams, whom she described as her “childhood idol”.
The 20-year-old Latvian was born nearly two years after Williams turned skilled in September 1995.
Williams was clearly having issues together with her serve and was damaged 5 occasions within the 17 video games.
She additionally caught principally to the baseline and solely twice charged the web.
She began nicely, breaking Ostapenko’s serve within the first recreation of the match. But Williams’ lack of ability to get her first serve going, together with a number of unforced errors early within the match, allowed the Latvian to interrupt twice and construct a Four-1 lead earlier than wrapping up the set 6-2.
Williams’ issues together with her serve continued, however she unleashed a number of of her trademark double-handed pictures on each side to interrupt Ostapenko twice in the beginning of the second set to go Three-Zero up. By this time she was shifting higher and he or she began hitting extra winners.
“That’s the really good thing. In the beginning, it felt a little tough. But as the match moved on, I was less afraid,” defined Williams.
“I knew I used to be not going to fall over and break. The extra I performed, the extra assured I felt that I’d be capable to go for pictures that I used to be afraid to go for within the first set.
“It was a wonderful opportunity for me to kind of test where I am at. Not just physically, but also mentally.”
The tremendous tie-break was principally a one-sided affair as Williams made unforced errors making an attempt to be aggressive.
She was down 2-Eight at one stage and gained the subsequent three factors, however Ostapenko held her serve twice to shut the match.
The former world No.1 who gave delivery to a daughter in September is hoping to defend her Australian Open title when the match will get underway January 15.