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Serena Williams enters for Australian Open

Serena Williams enters for Australian Open

Williams, 36, won this year's first Slam while pregnant, beating her sister Venus in the final, and gave birth to a baby girl in September.

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.

"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", said tournament director Craig Tiley.

Tiley further added that if Serana is able to return and defend her title, it would be a huge achievement.

She has been in training since the birth with new hitting partner Jarmere Jenkins, but coach Patrick Mouratoglou said last week that she had not yet made a decision on whether she would compete for her eighth Australian Open singles title.

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"There's no question she'll be ready in our view", Tiley said, according to BBC Sport.

Australia's Margaret Court, with 24, is the only player still ahead of Serena in terms of Grand Slam singles titles.

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. "Roger Federer travels with his four kids and we are a family-friendly event", referring to Williams and her baby.

In her absence Serena has dropped to No. 22 in the WTA Rankings but she will likely be considered the favourite to triumph should she indeed return at the 2018 Australian Open.


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