Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Sport | By Cecil Buchanan

Serena Williams set to make comeback at Australian Open

Serena Williams set to make comeback at Australian Open

Former world number one and new mum Serena Williams is targeting a return to Melbourne Park next year to defend her Australian Open title, tournament director Craig Tiley said on Tuesday.

Giving birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.in September, the American later revealed her intention to defend her title and Tiley claims the 36-year-old will be back.

Serena Williams may add her first post-baby Grand Slam title to her collection at the Australian Open in January.

The tournament will mark the Grand Slam return of Serena Williams, who missed much of the 2017 season while pregnant. This year she was eight weeks pregnant when she triumphed over her sister Venus in Melbourne.

If that's in Melbourne, she'll be competing for more money.

The 2018 Australian Open has been officially launched with the world's top tennis players committed to playing in the tournament.

Even during her pregnancy, Williams remained active, training on the court as often as possible with the idea of returning to the Australian Open in 2018.

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In the 2018 edition of the tournament, the prize money pool has increased by 10% to AU$55million (£32.4m). She now leads. It is in several months and, obviously, it will be to her to determine where she is physically. "We look forward to welcoming her and again going on that journey of breaking the all-time record for the most number of grand slams". "And am pleased to announce we'll have the full top 100 men and women returning to the Australian Open".

Tiley said the winners' prizemoney had broken a barrier.

In the men's field Tiley confirmed six-time victor Novak Djokovic and fellow former world No1 Andy Murray, who have both battled injury this year, would play in Melbourne.

Murray has been sidelined since July with a hip injury.

"Venus has also had an incredible year, turning back the clock to make the second week of every major this year", Tiley said.

Meanwhile, Tiley could not guarantee wayward Australian Bernard Tomic would get a start in the men's draw.

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