Serena Williams enters Australian Open, says tournament director

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Serena Williams enters Australian Open, says tournament director

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SportsCafe Desk

12/06/2017

American ace Serena Williams will make a comeback to the international tennis circuit this January at the Australian Open, tournament director Craig Tiley announced. The 36-year-old had missed most of the last season with pregnancy and would want to restart things with a title defence in Melbourne.

Williams had won her seventh Australian Open title back in January, which also marked her 23rd Grand Slam overall. It was later revealed that she had won it while pregnant. Now, after giving birth to her daughter, Alexis, in September, the Amercian ace is on the lookout to defend it again next year.   

"She's got her visa, she's entered, she's practising. There's no question she'll be ready in our view," Tiley told the Herald Sun. 

Australia's Margaret Court, with 24 Grand Slams, is the only player still ahead of Serena in terms of singles titles.

"She wants to break a record that is Margaret Court's. It would be a pretty significant accomplishment for her to be able to do that," added Tiley.

However, a comeback won’t be easy for former World No. 1, who has now dropped to number No. 22 in rankings with the likes of Simona Halep, Garbine Muguruza, and Caroline Wozniacki leading the charts.

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