Tourney director: Serena Williams 'very likely' to defend Australian Open title

Tourney director: Serena Williams 'very likely' to defend Australian Open title

But after so much time off and so many new things in her life, will the 36-year-old be ready?

Should Williams win the 2018 tournament in Melbourne she would equal Australian Court's all-time record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles.

Davis Cup captain Leighton Hewitt (left) poses for a photo with Melbourne United basketballers Chris Goulding and Casper Ware (second and third left) and tennis players Thanasi Kokkinakis, Nick Kyrgios and Dylan Alcott during an Australian Open announcement at Melbourne Park. It would be a pretty significant accomplishment for her to be able to do that, " he told the Herald-Sun newspaper.

"There's no question that she'll be ready in our view and she wants to break a record that is Margaret Court's".

The world's 23 time grand slam tennis champion Serena Williams is planning to make a return to the game soon and she is targeting the Australian Open, the Irish media have confirmed.

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.

She gave birth to a girl in September and has taken to the practice courts in preparation for a return in 2018.

On Nov. 28, CNN reported that Williams' coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, said no date or plans have been set yet for her return. She is practising and getting back in shape.

Tiley also spoke about how the event is a "family-friendly" one and referring to Williams and her baby, he cited the example of how Roger Federer travels with four children.

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