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Andy Murray to face Novak Djokovic in practice match before Australian Open

Andy Murray to face Novak Djokovic in practice match before Australian Open

The first Grand Slam of 2019 sees world number one Novak Djokovic aiming for his third consecutive slam title, and seventh Australian Open. After returning from the maternity leave, Williams made it to the final of the two Grand Slams but could not surpass the final hurdle. While she grabbed an easy opener against unseeded German Tatjana Maria, it'll get tricky in the later stages with potential matchups against No. 1 seeded Simona Halep in the fourth round and Osaka, the 2018 US Open champion, in the semi-finals. Combined with the pressure of becoming the first Japanese player to win a major, and the fanatical support that brings, there were fears she could wilt under the spotlight.

While Evert thinks Serena is "raring to go" as she looks to equal Margaret Court's all-time Grand Slam title record of 24, she predicts strong challenges from the players who stopped the American reaching that tally previous year - Japan's Naomi Osaka, who beat Williams in the U.S. Open final, and Angelique Kerber who trounced her in the Wimbledon title match.

In a heated verbal exchange, Williams branded the umpire a "thief" and a "liar" - a clash that resulted in the American being docked an entire game penalty after she had already received three code violations.

"But also there's no doubt past year, when you look at bigger picture, she came back from having a child, really nowhere near one hundred per cent fit, and she still managed to make the finals of Wimbledon and the US Open, which was incredible". "The women have to think she was 60-70 per cent a year ago reaching when two finals". I feel at home here. "I think keeping them a bit of a secret helps me do the best I can". While she is the leading light for the next generation, the world number four´s status as second favourite points to a lack of serious rivals for Williams among the more established players.




The 28-year-old Dane insists she can manage the debilitating auto-immune condition, which sometimes leaves her so exhausted she cannot raise her arms above her head.

"The fact that she could break the record for overall grand slams, that will overshadow everything at the end of the day".

The pairs for the opening round in men's singles of this year's first Grand Slam tennis tournament have been decided during the draw in Melbourne on Thursday.


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