New mum Serena Williams sets comeback date for the 2018 Australian Open

Serena Williams after winning the 2017 Australian Open when she was pregnant with her first child

Serena Williams after winning the 2017 Australian Open when she was pregnant with her first child

"We have a special relationship with Serena, the Williams family, both her and Venus". The seven-times Australian Open champion was eight weeks pregnant when she defeated her sister Venus to win the 2017 tournament.

She has just three months to get fit if she is to defend her title.

Williams has long favored the Aussie Open, even insinuating her daughter's name, Alexis Olympia, whom she shares with fiance, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, is an ode to the Melbourne-based tournament.

"Serena, the competitor that she is, she wants to win more than the 23 Grand Slam titles that she has", said Tiley during an announcement on what fans could expect of the 2018 tournament.

The 36-year-old would be competing for a tournament record A$4 million ($3.11 million) winner's purse in 2018, with total prize money hiked 10 percent to A$55 million.

"Only one thing will work" with North Korea
Kim Jong Un also visited the mausoleum where his father and grandfather, "eternal president" Kim Il Sung, lie in state. Speaking to reporters on Saturday ahead of a trip to North Carolina, Trump said he had nothing more to clarify.

The women's trophy will be presented by USA great Billie Jean King, 50 years after she won her first Australian Open title. "We look forward to welcoming her and again go on that journey of breaking the all-time record for the most number of grand slams".

And Australian Open organisers confirmed she is still pushing to return to the WTA Tour in Melbourne Park.

He added: "On the men's side, there has been a lot of concern and conjecture around Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Kei Nishikori". Both players have been hit by injuries this year and will have watched on as Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal shared four slam victories between them.

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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