Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

New mum Serena Williams to return for Australian Open

Serena Williams is expected to return to Melbourne to defend her Australian Open title in January in a tournament that holds a special place in her heart. 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 has just three months to get fit if she is to defend her title.

It means the American, 36, will have the chance to defend the 2017 title she won while eight weeks pregnant.

Williams beat her sister Venus in the Melbourne final 6-4 6-4 and, according to Craig Tiley, she hopes to make a quick return to competitive tennis.

Serena Williams pictured with her baby girl Alexis.

"I'm very happy to confirm that all the top players will be back in Melbourne in January", Tiley said at the tournament's launch. Obviously, at training now, there is several months to go.

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.

The tournament director for the opening Grand Slam of the season also discussed his hopes to see the main names within the men's game return to full fitness with former world No1s Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic on the sidelines through injury.

In the men's field, Tiley confirmed six-time victor Novak Djokovic and fellow former world No. 1 Andy Murray, who have both had injuries this year, would play in Melbourne 2018 along with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who contested a classic final last January. "How much would this year have hurt him, to watch over the entire year Roger (Federer) and Rafa (Nadal) share four Grand Slam titles - he would not have liked that".

"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.

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