Sunday, 22 October, 2017

World's best tennis players set to attend 2018 Australian Open

Serena Williams and her partner Alexis Ohanian welcomed a baby daughter Alexis Olympia Serena Williams to make comeback at Australian Open
Damon Campbell | 11 October, 2017, 00:27

Serena gave birth to a daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., on September 1 and has previously said she plans to return to playing in 2018. She wants to come back in 2018 and defend her title.

Australian Open director Craig Tiley has claimed that he expects Andy Murray and Serena Williams to compete in Melbourne in January.

"Serena, the competitor that she is, she wants to win more than the 23 Grand Slam titles that she has", Tiley revealed. She was eight weeks pregnant when she played the Australian Open.

Despite Williams' past assertions, however, she's been mum lately about her intentions with tennis, preferring instead to share more parental-oriented tidbits.

Tiley said Williams was back in training to defend her title.

Another star who is expected to return to action, though there is no confirmation, is 2017 Australian Open champion Serena Williams as he she prepares for her comeback.

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"There's several months to go and obviously it will be up to her as to where she is with her fitness". "I have been playing some really great tennis this year and I feel I'm in a strong position, both physically and mentally, in the lead up to Sydney", she said. The American veteran, 37, shows no signs of slowing down and enjoyed one of her best seasons this year, making the final of Wimbledon and the Australian Open and the semis at the US Open.

"It's the first time ever that both the women and the men's victor will receive $4m each - that has not been done by any other Grand Slam or any other event", says Tiley.

Tiley also announced that former World No. 1 Andy Murray will compete at Melbourne Park in the tournament, which spans from January 15-28.

Tiley said the winners' prizemoney had broken a "barrier" that "has not been done by any other grand slam or any other event".

The British number one has been sidelined since limping out of Wimbledon with a hip injury in July and he is unlikely to play again this year.

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

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