Serena Williams will play Australian Open

Grant SmithDec 07, 2018

The 37-year-old American achieved her victory over sister Venus in the final two years ago while eight weeks pregnant with her daughter Alexis Olympia, who was born the following September.

Williams is scheduled to play an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi in the final week of the year before heading to Australia to warm-up for her assault on the Melbourne Park title at the Hopman Cup in Perth.

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. The tournament will conclude on 27January 2019.

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 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. The wheelchair, as well as junior players, will participate in singles and doubles playoffs.

The 37-year-old tennis star, who is now ranked No. 16 among women, was named one of the top 102 in her sport and has since committed to competing in January's Melbourne event, the first of four annual Grand Slam tourneys.

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

World number one Novak Djokovic and 20-time Grand slam champion Roger Federer have also confirmed their participation in the Grand Slam event.

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