Serena Williams Plays Her First Game Since Giving Birth, Reflects on Her Top Moments of 2017

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Serena Williams is back!

The 36-year-old tennis pro returned to the sport on Saturday to play her first match since giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian in September. Williams, who rocked the court in an all-black ensemble, lost 10-5 to Jelena Ostapenko in a first-to-10 tiebreak in Abu Dhabi after an even first two sets.

William last won a game in January, when she beat her sister, Venus, in the Australian Open final; it was later revealed that she was nine weeks pregnant when she won her title. After her match on Saturday, Williams admitted it felt a bit strange to return to the court, sharing that motherhood was still at the top of her mind. 

The athlete had the full support of  her husband, Alexis Ohanian, however, as the Reddit co-founder took to Instagram to cheer on his wife's return to tennis. 

"Mama is back in the office," he captioned a photo of Williams greeting fans in the stands. 

Mama is back in the office.

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And just before her match, Williams shared her 10 best personal moments of 2017 with fans, alongside behind-the-scenes shots from the court, and intimate photos from her pregnancy. 

The tennis champ has definitely had a great year. See more in the video below. 

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