Serena Williams loses first post-maternity match 4 months after giving birth

With a new husband and a new baby, Serena Williams has a lot to celebrate. Unfortunately, a win at her first tennis match back after almost a year isn’t one of them.

According to PEOPLE, the 36-year-old athlete faced off against French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, 20, in an exhibition match at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi.serena-williams3.jpg

According to the Associated Press, Williams struggled with her serve in the first match, Ostapenko trumping her 6-2. She rebounded in the second, winning 3-2, but ended up losing in a super tiebreaker, 10-5.

Though she lost, Williams remained in good spirits. “It’s good to be back on the court,” Williams said after the match, ESPN reported. “This was such a good time for me. First matches back are always super-incredibly hard, especially after having a baby. It was great. I was glad I could do it here.”

It helped that husband (and Reddit co-founder) Alexis Ohanian, 34, was there cheering her on. “Mama is back in the office,” he gushed on Instagram on Saturday, alongside a photo of Williams signing tennis balls for fans.


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