Serena Williams to make tennis return in Australia

Ross Houston
December 8, 2017

Williams gave birth to her first child, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr, during the 2017 US Open, and has not competed professionally since she won her 23rd Grand Slam singles title at the Australian Open earlier this year.

Williams has won the Australia Open seven times.


Tennis Australia chief executive Craig Tiley has confirmed the 23-time Grand Slam victor will "very likely" return to tennis in Melbourne for the Australian Open in January.

She has not played a competition since, raising questions over whether the 23-time Grand Slam victor would attempt to defend her title.


He told the Herald Sun: "She's got her visa, she's entered, she's practising and she's probably just got to find a bit more space for a bigger entourage. It would be a pretty significant accomplishment for her to be able to do that".

Victory over her sister Venus past year moved Williams one behind Margaret Court's all-time record of major wins.


United will play the Cairns Taipans at the venue, which is usually locked out by the Australian Open for the last two weeks of January. Margaret Court has the all-time record with 24. "Roger Federer travels with his four kids and we are a family-friendly event", he said, referring to Williams and her baby. But last week, Williams's coach said on CNN that no decision had been made about the Australian Open. 1 Simona Halep, Garbine Muguruza and Karolina Pliskova, who never went beyond quarters, the 2016 victor Angelique Kerber are committed to play as well.

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