Serena confirmed for Australian Open return

Serena confirmed for Australian Open return

The top Croatian tennis players will fight in the first Grand Slam tournament of the 2019 season - the Australian Open. Her daughter Alexis Olympia was born in the following September after her win.

The 37-year-old legendary female player Serena Williams, who is a seven-time victor of the Australian Open, has announced her return to the tournament next year.

Williams returned after giving birth to her child and reached the Wimbledon and U.S. Open finals.

Williams' straight-sets defeat at Flushing Meadows was overshadowed by a row with umpire Carlos Ramos, who she labelled a "liar" and a "thief" after being penalised with a game penalty following code violations for on-court coaching, racket abuse and verbal abuse.

Despite boasting seven players in the top 50, Australia's only Open singles seed will be Barty and possibly de Minaur if he can defend semi-final rankings points in Brisbane. The tournament's leading sponsor is Kia, who is the main sponsor of the tournament from previous years too.

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal

The only way he can gain some seeding protection for the 2019 Open - which starts on January 14 - is by defending his Brisbane International crown and hoping for some late withdrawals.

Organisers said the world's top 102 women and top 101 men have all confirmed they will be playing.

A quarter-finalist in Melbourne earlier that year, Kyrgios has been seeded in his past 11 grand slam appearances.

Andy Murray will be included in the men's draw alongside Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

He further added, "I've been in touch with Rafa and he's back to full fitness after cutting his season short after Paris and can't wait to arrive in Australia".

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