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.
Serena: "Motherhood is phenomenal...I was a little worried out there. I looked at my camp and was like 'is Olympia okay?'"