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Serena Williams set to play 2018 Australian Open, says tournament director

Serena Williams set to play 2018 Australian Open, says tournament director

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by Gatto Luigi

Serena Williams plans to return to the Tour at the 2018 Australian Open. Craig Tiley, the tournament director of the first Grand Slam event of the year, assured that the 23-time Grand Slam champion is on track to comeback in time for the next year's Australian Open that will be played between 15th-28th January 2018.

'Serena will be back,' Tiley said. 'She wants to come back in 2018 and defend her title and she’s in training now. There’s several months to go and obviously it will be up to her as to where she is with her fitness.” Mentioning Margaret Court and Kim Clijsters's successes after becoming mothers, Tiley said Serena can still get great results.

'Serena, the competitor that she is, she wants to win more than the 23 Grand Slam titles that she has,' said Tiley. 'She was eight weeks pregnant when she played the Australian Open and very few people knew that.' The former world no.

1, who gave birth to a daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. in September will aim to equal Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slam titles. ALSO READ: Chris Evert: 'Players will be less intimidated than Serena Williams' .

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