Serena Williams set to play the Australian Open

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Serena Williams set to play the Australian Open

Seven time Australian Open Champion Serena Williams will be back at the Australian Open next year, having missed her title defence due to the birth of her daughter. “I'm delighted to announce that Serena Williams will return to the Australian Open in January," Tiley said while launching the 2019 event at Rod Laver Arena.

“We last saw Serena here in Melbourne as our champion, holding the Daphne Ackhurst Memorial Cup in 2017. Of course what we didn't know at the time was that she was already eight weeks pregnant with baby Olympia," said Tiley.

Speaking about Williams’ love for Melbourne, Tiley said, "Serena loves coming to Melbourne and I know she's excited about returning in January with her family, it's definitely a very special place for her.

She'll also be super-focused on winning here, and equalling Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles” He also added that the Tournament is ready to welcome Williams’ and Victoria Azarenka’s kids with open arms! "Vika (Azarenka) is also a new mum to toddler Leo and I'm looking forward to showing her, and Serena, our new creche facilities," said Tiley.

"I'm sure they'll be appreciated." Sharing his thoughts on Andy Murray, Tiley said, “With his incredible work ethic and competitive spirit it would be foolish to underestimate him.” ALSO READ Roger Federer: 'I was wearing scarf, hat in order not to get recognized'