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Serena Williams at the Abu Dhabi tournament. Is it a return.?

Serena Williams may make a shock return to the court at an Abu Dhabi exhibition tournament this week according to local media reports.

United Arab Emirates media have sprung a surprise with reports that Serena Williams would return to tennis at the upcoming Abu Dhabi exhibition tournament.

Dubai-based Sport360 and The National newspaper that the 36-year-old American would face another women's grand slam winner at the special event which starts on Thursday.

Williams has not played since winning the Australian Open in January while eight weeks pregnant. She gave birth to a daughter on September 1 and has vowed to get back on court for January's Open.

The Abu Dhabi event, in its 10th year and regularly a men's pre-season competition, is making a huge exception in bringing back Williams.

The arrival of the American would be a boost for the event, which lost Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka and Milos Raonic in quick order after all failed to recover fully from 2017 injuries.

The trio were replaced in the field by the relatively low-key trio of Roberto Bautista Agut, Kevin Anderson and Andrey Rublev.


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