The Florida resident struggled with her movement early on but eventually got into her stride before going down 6-2 3-6 (10-5) to the French Open champion. "She's not only an incredible champion, she's a role model for millions of athletes all over the world and she joins Jelena in offering the UAE a match worthy of grand slam heritage right in the center of Abu Dhabi".
She took the court to a chorus of cheers from the stands.
Serena Williams was beaten in her first match since childbirth but performed well enough to suggest she can be very competitive in 2018.
"Motherhood is phenomenal. I was a little anxious out there and I looked at my camp and I was like 'Is Olympia OK?'".
"But it's really good. It was a really great clay-court season, there I was putting the base for all the good ranking, for all the London thing and everything so of course I try to play as successful as I did".
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He also said he completed a lie detector test after the election that he argued proved the allegations against him were false. Jones will now be sworn in early next month, having been the first Democrat to win a Senate seat in Alabama since 1992.
Meanwhile, Ostapenko sounded delighted in her official statement, mentioning, "I am thrilled to be playing in Abu Dhabi at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship. First matches back are always super incredibly hard, but it was great and I'm glad I could do it here".
Roberto Bautista Agut is looking forward to taking on Novak Djokovic upon the Serb's return to action after a lengthy absence through injury in Abu Dhabi. "I've never had surgery in my life, I've never had any major injuries that kept me away from the tour for such a long time". He posted a photo with a boy from the audience, who snuck down to take a selfie.
"Motherhood is just phenomenal", she said when asked how she felt about becoming a mother for the first time with baby girl Alexis Olympia. "Smart kid. Here's your selfie".
The 36-year-old American was last seen in action winning the Australian Open for a modern-era record 23rd Grand Slam title in January.
Thiem had squandered a two-sets-to-love lead against an ailing Juan Martin del Potro in the US Open fourth round to crash out of the tournament last September.