Serena Williams Entered Into Australian Open

Serena 'very likely' to defend Australian Open title

Serena Williams to make tennis return in Australia

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

"This is a unique opportunity to showcase two of the world's biggest sports in one location on one day and our fans are the big winners", Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley said.

Victory over her sister Venus previous year moved Williams one behind Margaret Court's all-time record of major wins.

Speaking to reporters in US, Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley said it is "very likely" for Serena to come back in January to chase down the record of winning 24 grand slam titles now held by Margaret Court.

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"There's no question that she'll be ready in our view and she wants to break a record that is Margaret Court's", Tiley said.

Serena Williams has entered the Australian Open, the tournament announced.

"We'd be pretty excited about the possibility (of her coming)", he added.

The American superstar won the Australian Open in 2017, where she defeated her sister Venus Williams 6-4 6-4 in the final.

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But Williams' long-time coach Patrick Mouratoglou had earlier cast doubts on her appearance at Melbourne Park next month, saying "we will take a decision regarding Australia".

Speaking back in August about making such a swift return to tennis following the birth of her child, Williams herself said: 'It's the most outrageous plan. "Serena is getting ready for 2018".

The Australian Open runs from January 15-28 with the Melbourne-Cairns showdown on the 24th.

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