Serena confirmed for Australian Open

Serena Williams

Serena Williams

Australian Open organisers said she was among the entries for the opening Grand Slam of the year as she attempts to equal Margaret Court's record of 24.

American Serena Williams, now ranked No.16, will make her highly anticipated return to Melbourne for the first time since winning in 2017 when eight weeks pregnant with baby Alexis Olympia, while world No.3 Caroline Wozniacki will be trying to defend her women's crown.

The UK Times has reported that the players on the roster are now being consulted on whether the new format should be implemented at next year's Australian Open, which begins on January 14. She first won it against her older sister, Venus, back in 2003, and has added six other Open victories since then. The move by Tennis Australia would leave just the French Open as the only grand slam that does not have tie-breakers.

The current world No 259 will also play an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi as a warm-up, in the final week of the year before heading to Australia. The tournament's leading sponsor is Kia, who is the main sponsor of the tournament from previous years too.

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal

The world's top 102 women and top 101 men have all confirmed they will compete at next month's Australian Open in Melbourne.

Roger Federer is the two-time men's singles champion, who will defend his title from 2017 and 2018.

A quarter-finalist in Melbourne earlier that year, Kyrgios has been seeded in his past 11 grand slam appearances. Caroline Wozniacki will defend her women's singles champion title from 2018.

That includes injury-prone Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray.

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