Serena Williams has entered Australian Open, says tournament director

Serena Williams has entered Australian Open, says tournament director

She gave birth to a girl in September and has taken to the practice courts in preparation for a return in 2018.

The 36-year-old last appeared at the 2017 Australian Open, which she won while pregnant to move on to 23 career Grand Slam singles titles.

Serena Williams has entered the Australian Open in January, tournament director Craig Tiley has said.

Tiley told the Herald Sun the 23-time Grand Slam victor is "very likely" to return to tennis in Melbourne.

"She wants to break the record owned by Margaret Court and it would be a significant accomplishment".

Tiley further added that if Serana is able to return and defend her title, it would be a huge achievement.

Williams has been away from the sport due to injury, the birth of her daughter, and then marriage to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.

If Williams competes in?Melbourne, she would be going for her 24th Grand Slam singles title.

Her triumph in Australia a year ago saw her eclipse Steffi Graf's Open Era record of 22 titles.

"We are expecting the AO Game to be a sell-out so we urge fans to get their tickets quickly and come along and enjoy a great day at the tennis, followed by a night at the basketball", said NBL chief Jeremy Loeliger.

Tiley, however, was much more enthusiastic when asked about the prospect at a Tennis Australia event to announce that NBL clubs Melbourne United and Cairns Taipans would play a game on Hisense Arena during the Australian Open.