Serena Williams 'Very Likely' to Return at 2018 Australian Open


Williams, 36, won this year's Australian Open while pregnant and gave birth to a baby girl in September.

The US Champion is said to be planning to use the Australian Open as her return to the court to keep her fit for the coming matches.

Serena Williams has entered the 2018 Australian Open and is set to make her return to competitive action at the first Grand Slam of next year, according to tournament director Craig Tiley.

Tiley told the Herald Sun the 23-time Grand Slam victor is "very likely" to return to tennis in Melbourne.

"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", he told Melbourne's Herald Sun.

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Williams has been away from the sport due to injury, the birth of her daughter, and then marriage to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.

Williams won this year's event while in the early weeks of pregnancy and is hoping to surpass Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slam titles. But Tiley said Serena could come to try and equal Margaret's record by winning her seventh Australian Open.

"We'd be pretty excited about the possibility (of her coming)", he added. She has taken time off the tour, raising questions over whether the American would attempt to defend her title next month. At that point, Williams was practicing and Mouratoglou would soon join her in Florida.

Tiley described the Australian Open, which will be held from January 15-28, as a "family-friendly event".