'Serena will be back': Australian Open director backs Williams' return

Roger Federer won the men's singles title at Melbourne Park in January

The two of them, along with the three-time Grand Slam victor Stan Wawrinka and 14th ranked Kei Nishikori, will return to action in Melbourne as tournament director Craig Tiley confirmed the news.

The 35-year-old discovered she was expecting shortly before the 2017 Australian Open in January but went on to win the tournament without dropping a set, beating her sister Venus in the Melbourne final 6-4 6-4.

"She wants to come back in 2018 and defend her title", Tiley added (via the BBC).

Williams gave birth to a daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian, last month and Australian Open organisers have declared the seven-time champion will return to Melbourne Park in January.

The tournament will mark the Grand Slam return of Serena Williams, who missed much of the 2017 season while pregnant. She was eight weeks pregnant when she played the Australian Open.

Williams' stellar year saw her return to the world top five for the first time since 2011, the year she was diagnosed with strength-sapping Sjogren's Syndrome.

"I can tell you that in talking to Andy, he has been training and he is preparing for having a great year in 2018", Tiley said.

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Serena Williams is aiming to make her comeback to the grand slam circuit at the 2018 Australian Open with a record $4 million purse on offer.

Williams and the women's draw will be chasing record prize money worth $4 million, the same figure to be awarded to the men's victor.

Having generated record broadcast figures this year, Tiley said next year's event would again provide excitement and drama, particularly if, as expected.

The women's singles trophy will be presented by Billie Jean King, 50 years after she won her first Australian Open title.

Williams, who gave birth to a daughter in September, will join six-time victor Novak Djokovic and former world No.1 Andy Murray on court in Australia, the tournament's director Craig Tiley said today. Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori return from injury.

On Williams, Tiley added: "Serena will be back".

While Nick Kyrgios will be a headline act, fellow Australian Bernard Tomic may be forced to seek a wildcard entry unless his ranking improves to about 105 in the world.

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