Serena Williams set to make comeback at Australian Open

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Serena Williams set to make comeback at Australian Open

"We're proud of the fact she's gone around the world, she's told that her baby's AO - Australian Open, Alexis Ohanian".

Serena Williams is aiming to return in time for the defence of her Australian Open title, the tournament's director has revealed.

Even during her pregnancy, Williams remained active, training on the court as often as possible with the idea of returning to the Australian Open in 2018.

Williams, 36, defeated her sister Venus in the final of this year's Australian Open before it later emerged she had been pregnant during the tournament.

She has just three months to get fit if she is to defend her title. "Obviously, at training now, there is several months to go and it will be up to her as far as where she is with her fitness".

Tiley announced that the overall prize money of the tournament will increase by about 10 percent, to $55 million Australian dollars, about 42.7 million American dollars, with the men's and singles champions to earn about $3.1 million, an increase of about 20 percent.

The women's trophy will be presented by United States great Billie Jean King, 50 years after she won her first Australian Open title. "And am pleased to announce we'll have the full top 100 men and women returning to the Australian Open".

Tiley also announced that former World No. 1 Andy Murray will compete at Melbourne Park in the tournament, which spans from January 15-28. How much would this year have hurt him, to watch over the entire year Roger and Rafa share four grand slam titles - he would not have like that.

In the men's field, Tiley confirmed six-time victor Novak Djokovic and fellow former world No. 1 Andy Murray, who have both had injuries this year, would play in Melbourne 2018 along with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who contested a classic final last January.

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