Serena Williams, Andy Murray to compete in Australian Open

12 October, 2017, 00:47 | Author: Douglas Reid
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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.

"She wants to come back in 2018 and defend her title and she's in training now".

Williams has long favored the Aussie Open, even insinuating her daughter's name, Alexis Olympia, whom she shares with fiance, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, is an ode to the Melbourne-based tournament. Very few people knew that.

'We have a special relationship with Serena, the Williams family, both her and Venus.

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.

"Serena goes back, She wants to come back in 2018 and defend his title. It will be up to her as far as where she is with her fitness".

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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.

Speaking about the 36-year-old at a press conference confirming an increase in prize money for players taking part in the tournament, Tiley said Williams would be ready to play Down Under, per the Associated Press (h/t ESPN).

"Bernie always tends to pick it up toward the end of the season and do well leading into the year so hopefully he will be able to do that", Tiley said.

"We're proud of the fact she's gone around the world, she's told that her baby's AO - Australian Open, Alexis Ohanian", Tiley added. "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.

Tiley said while the upgrade to include a 5,000-seat sunken show-court wouldn't be complete until 2019, the tournament wouldn't be affected, with more music and a larger kids zone part of the attractions.

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