Serena Williams holds an impressive record when it comes to bringing in a new type of domination. Her tennis showcase consists of 23 Grand Slam titles in singles making her the greatest player of the Open Era. Regarding the all-time record, she shares the upper shelve with Margaret Court. Back in 2016, when the news of Serena's engagement with co-Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian the vast majority saw that as a clue of her future plans.

She hasn't played an official match since that 2017 Australian Open final she went on winning over her older sister Venus Williams. Several weeks after her latest Major success the news of her pregnancy emerged.

From that point on it became clear for everyone that tennis will lose its front seat for the American tennis star at least temporarily.

Serena is one week away from opening her return bid

Prior to 2018 season, some exhibition tennis events are in place. Simona Halep has just won a similar one at Hua Hin in Thailand beating Karolina Pliskova in the final. For Serena Williams, the comeback will consist of another exhibition, this time at Abu Dhabi. She will face Jelena Ostapenko, the young Latvian tennis star. It'll be Seren's first match in nearly eleven months and people must be eager to see the former world No. 1 resuming her professional tennis career.

What's really impressive about Serena's story is her genuine love and dedication for the game of tennis. She could have ended her career this year.

Instead, she took a long break to put her family lie on track only to force another surge. This time it won't be easy as she will have to defend a huge amount of point right from day one. Currently ranked 22nd in the world, she can easily slip outside the top 100. An early exit in Melbourne would raise questions about any of her future efforts.

There is only one option on the table

Judging the fragile spot she's in, she must find a way to use that lost mojo. Any scenario, other than success, will make her effort irrelevant. The minute she went off the stage, the WTA Tour took a rather destabilizing blow. There was no certain world No. 1 as several players came and go. Eventually, Simona Halep sealed the year's end world No. 1 in what was a rather unsatisfactory manner. With Serena back on track, and perhaps Viktoria Azarenka too, the women's tennis may have an interesting season to display. Let's not forget the other names with players like Muguruza, Pliskova, Ostapenko or Svitolina pushing their own agenda.

For Serena Williams, a harsh environment stands ahead, a different one compared to the early stages of 2017. Therefore, given her age and the overall background, she and her comeback could end up as a total fail.