Serena Williams 'very likely' to return for Australian Open, says Tiley

Serena Williams 'very likely' to return for Australian Open, says Tiley

Serena Williams appears set to make her return from a year away from tennis at the Australian Open.

Her triumph in Australia previous year saw her eclipse Steffi Graf's Open Era record of 22 titles.

Serena Williams bids to equal Margaret Court's 24 Major titles record and win her eighth Australian Open.

"She's got her visa, she's entered, she's practising", he said.

However, tournament director Craig Tiley raised hopes of a return to action for the 23-time Grand Slam victor who will be having a crack at her seventh Melbourne Park crown after marrying Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian last month.

For the first time since 2016 Australian Open, Maria Sharapova will play a Grand Slam with no need of a wild card.

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The 23-time grand slam singles champion has since given birth to a daughter, Alexis Olympia, and Wednesday internet mogul Alexis Ohanian.

"She wants to break a record that is Margaret Court's", added Tiley.

She gave birth to a girl in September and has taken to the practice courts in preparation for a return in 2018.

"We'd be pretty excited about the possibility [of her coming]", Tiley said. "I will be joining her soon in Florida", Mouratoglou said.

Tiley, however, was much more enthusiastic when asked about the prospect at a Tennis Australia event to announce that NBL clubs Melbourne United and Cairns Taipans would play a game on Hisense Arena during the Australian Open.

"We will see how her body is reacting and how her tennis level is".