Serena Williams to make comeback at Australian Open

Serena Williams to make comeback at Australian Open

The Australian Open held a news conference on Tuesday to announce an increase in prize money for next year's tournament, tournament director Craig Tiley indicated that defending women's singles champion Serena Williams expects to be there.

The American pro won her 23rd Grand Slam title in Melbourne while she was eight weeks pregnant. She has just three months to get fit if she is to defend her title.

"Serena, the competitor that she is, she wants to win more than the 23 Grand Slam titles that she has", he said.

Williams was pregnant in January when she defeated her sister Venus in the championship match.

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If that's in Melbourne, she'll be competing for more money.

The 2018 Australian Open, the 30th Australian Open to be held in Melbourne, will be the richest in the tournament's history with the total prize pool increased 10 percent to 42 million USA dollars. She now leads. It is in several months and, obviously, it will be to her to determine where she is physically.

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.

"Her baby's initials are AO [Alexis Ohanian] and she's suggested she should also have her name on the 2017 trophy, so the AO is well and truly top of mind for her at the moment", Tiley said.

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Serena Williams is targeting a comeback for the 2018 Australian Open despite only giving birth in September. "We look forward to welcoming her and again go on that journey of breaking the all-time record for the most number of Grand Slams", he added.

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

Tiley said the winners' prizemoney had broken a "barrier" that "has not been done by any other grand slam or any other event".

"It's the first time ever that both the women and the men's victor will receive $4m each - that has not been done by any other Grand Slam or any other event", says Tiley.

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