Serena Williams to make comeback at Australian Open

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Serena Williams is expected to return to Melbourne to defend her Australian Open title in January in a tournament that holds a special place in her heart.

Serena gave birth to a daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., on September 1 and has previously said she plans to return to playing in 2018.

The 35-year-old mother of one beat her sister Venus in the Melbourne final, and hopes to return to grand slam tennis in time for the Australian Open in January next year, Tiley said.

Williams' potential return to Melbourne Park would allow the American to defend the 2017 title she won while eight weeks pregnant.

Venus is in career-best form, achieving her highest ranking since January 2011 after she finished runner-up to Serena at both Wimbledon and the Australian Open.

Serena Williams and partner Alexis Ohanian attend a gala event before the birth of her daughter in May.

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"I can tell you that in talking to Andy, he has been training and he is preparing for having a great year in 2018", Tiley said. She now leads. It is in several months and, obviously, it will be to her to determine where she is physically.

The men's and women's singles winners will each collect four million Australian dollars (£2.4m) in 2018, up from A$3.7m in 2017, while the entire prize money pool has increased by 10% to A$55m (£32.4m). "We look forward to welcoming her and again going on that journey of breaking the all-time record for the most number of grand slams".

The women's trophy will be presented by United States great Billie Jean King, 50 years after she won her first Australian Open title.

Tiley also confirmed that Novak Djokovic, a six-time champion, Andy Murray, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will all be back to compete in Melbourne.

"Venus has also had an incredible year, turning back the clock to make the second week of every major this year", Tiley said.

Australia's charge in the men's draw will be led by world No.21 Nick Kyrgios but Tiley couldn't guarantee that Bernard Tomic would get a start.

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