‘Serena will be back’: Australian Open director says Williams will defend title

New mum Serena Williams will probably be chasing a file $four million in prizemoney when she returns to defend her Australian Open crown in January

Australian Open match director Craig Tiley has mentioned Serena Williams, who gave delivery to a daughter in September, will return to Melbourne to defend her title in January.

Serena will probably be again, Tiley mentioned. We look ahead to welcoming her and once more go on that journey of breaking the all-time file for probably the most variety of grand slams.

Williams introduced after giving delivery that the initials of her daughters title Alexis Olympia Ohanian have been a nod to the Australian Open. The seven-times Australian Open champion was eight weeks pregnant when she defeated her sister Venus to win the 2017 match.

In 2018, each the mens and womens winners will gather a $4m cheque, up from $three.7m in 2017, whereas your complete prize cash pool has elevated by 10% to $55m.

Tiley mentioned the winners prizemoney had damaged a barrier. Its the primary time ever that each the ladies and the mens winner will obtain $4m every that has not been carried out by every other grand slam or every other occasion, he mentioned.

Serenas sister Venus, the world No5, will make an look on the Sydney International in preparation for the Australian Open, 20 years after the 37-year-old final featured in Sydney.

The Australian summer season is at all times a favorite of mine, mentioned Venus Williams. I actually love the ambiance the crowds deliver and Im assured my preparation over the following few months to placed on a superb present for the Australian followers.

Venus is in career-best kind, reaching her highest rating since January 2011 after she completed runner-up to Serena at each Wimbledon and the Australian Open. I’ve been enjoying some actually nice tennis this yr and I really feel Im in a powerful place, each bodily and mentally, within the lead as much as Sydney, she mentioned.

The womens trophy will probably be introduced by US nice Billie Jean King, 50 years after she gained her first Australian Open title.

In the mens area Tiley confirmed six-time winner Novak Djokovic and fellow former world No1 Andy Murray, who’ve each battled damage this yr, would play in Melbourne.

Read extra: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/10/serena-will-be-back-australian-open-director-backs-williams-return

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