Serena Williams will return to tennis in Abu Dhabi this week, nearly four months after giving birth.
"The Mubadala World Tennis Championship has long marked the beginning of the men's global tennis season and I am excited and honored to be making my comeback as part of the first women to participate in the event", Williams said.
"For this reason, I have sadly announced to the organisers and now to you fans that I won't play this time in Abu Dhabi".
Entering its 10th edition, the Mubadala World Tennis Championship is a six-player invitational tournament that has been used as a tune-up event ahead of the new season for some of the best male players in the world.
Serena Williams, who has been out of action after winning the Australian Open in January, is all set to make a return to tennis at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi next week.
Williams' comeback raises the prospect of a renewal of her one-sided rivalry with Maria Sharapova, after the Russian's own comeback earlier this year from a doping ban.
Williams has been targeting a return for that same tournament, which is just a few weeks away, and now it has been confirmed that she will take part in a warm-up tournament.
Rafael Nadal, Milos Raonic and Stan Wawrinka have, however, pulled out of the tournament in Abu Dhabi.
Her opponent, Jelena Ostapenko, has won two WTA titles this year, including her first Grand Slam title at Roland Garros.
"Last season was really incredible for me and I can not wait to continue the start of my new season at such an wonderful event". While speaking to the press, Serena Williams expressed her delight and showed her dedication to the match.
Brian Lott, the Chief Communications Officer of Mubadala, the main sponsor of the tournament, feels the same way as Serena.