Serena Williams recently announced that she is engaged, a very positive development in her social life. The reigning Wimbledon champion announced that she will marry Alexis Ohanian, a co-founder of Reddit. The current World No. 2 has more positive news on the tennis front as she will be making her return to the WTA Tour soon. Williams, who has not played a match since losing the in the US Open semifinals, is in the recently released 2017 WTA Auckland draw with a first-round opponent in France's Pauline Parmentier.

Parmentier poses no threat

The match does not appear to have a whole lot of potential to be competitive.

Parmentier is 30 years old, she played in some ITF events in 2016, and she has never been ranked higher than 40th. The two players have no head-to-head series to analyze, but if Williams was to lose this upcoming match it would be a shocker to start the season.

Her draw after the first round doesn't look so routine, however it could be much worse. Madison Brengle, a potential second-round opponent, might be tricky. The other seeded played in Williams' quarter is #7 Jelena Ostapenko, a Croatian that came on strong in 2016. If Williams suffered an upset ahead of the final then it would probably be in the semifinals to either Barbora Strycova, Kurumi Nara, or Kiki Bertens. Former French Open runnerup Lucie Safarova is also on Williams' side of the draw as an unseeded player.

Wozniacki dangerous in the draw

On the opposite side of the draw, one finds the 2nd and 3rd seed in Venus Williams and Caroline Wozniacki. The latter is a player who came on very strong during Serena's absence in the latter portion of 2016. Not only did Wozniacki make the US Open semifinals, but she won two titles during the WTA's Asian swing.

The Dane enters 2017 determined and seemingly healthy as there's no word of any kind of off-season injury.

Auckland is certainly a very interesting tournament to follow, mainly because of Serena and Wozniacki's presence. If the Dane remains determined then she is under-rated for the Australian Open. Furthermore, fans will want to see how Williams' lengthy layoff has affected her as she re-enters competitive tennis after months of recovery and practice.

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