Her 2016 triumph at Melbourne was the final tennis motion she noticed earlier than taking trip of the game to have her child
SERENA WILLIAMS is anticipated to return to the court docket on the Australian Open, in accordance with match director Craig Tiley.
The 36-year-old has not performed since successful final yr’s match in Melbourne – when she was pregnant together with her first little one.
She gave beginning to a lady in September and has taken to the observe courts in preparation for a return in 2018.
And that may come at Melbourne Park after Tiley revealed the 23-time grand slam champion has entered the match with the goal of finally surpassing Margaret Court docket’s report of 24 grand slam singles titles.
He instructed the Herald Solar: “She’s obtained her visa, she’s entered, she’s practising and he or she’s in all probability simply obtained to discover a bit more room for an even bigger entourage.
“There’s no query that she’ll be prepared in our view and he or she needs to interrupt a report that’s Margaret Court docket’s.
“It will be a fairly vital accomplishment for her to have the ability to try this.”
Australian Court docket has 24 main titles, making her essentially the most profitable participant in Grand Slam historical past.
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Tiley described the Australian Open, which will likely be held from January 15-28, as a “family-friendly occasion”.
He added: “We’ve had this earlier than. Roger Federer travels together with his 4 children and we’re a family-friendly occasion,” referring to Williams and her child.
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