Serena confirmed for Australian Open return

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Williams last won the Australian Open in 2017 while she was in her second month of pregnancy.

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 from giving birth to her first child to reach the 2018 Wimbledon and US Open finals, but suffered upset losses in both to leave her stuck on 23 major wins.

Williams backed out of the 2018 Australian Open, however, due to insufficient preparation time after her pregnancy. The move by Tennis Australia would leave just the French Open as the only grand slam that does not have tie-breakers. The tournament will conclude on 27January 2019.

The UK Times reports that players are now being consulted on whether the new format should be implemented at next year's Australian Open, which begins on January 14.

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The tournament of Australian Open 2019 will comprise of various sports events for qualified players in singles, doubles and mixed doubles. The tournament's leading sponsor is Kia, who is the main sponsor of the tournament from previous years too.

The 31-year-old Scot has entered the tournament with his protected ranking of number two after sliding down to 259th in the world in the wake of surgery on his injured joint.

Defending champions, Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki will embark on their titles defence as well.

Roger Federer, the Reigning champion is aiming for making a record after winning men's singles crown for the seventh time. This list includes five-time Australian Open finalist and former World No. 1, British player Andy Murray, followed by Serbian player Janko Tipsarević and Belgian player Steve Darcis.

"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", he added.

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