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Serena confirmed for Australian Open

Serena confirmed for Australian Open

Serena Williams will make her return to the Australian Open for the first time since winning in 2017, organisers confirmed on Wednesday. Her daughter Alexis Olympia was born in the following September after her win.

Serena Williams will return to the Australian Open in 2019 as she goes in search of a record-equalling 24th grand slam title.

Her final match last season was the final at Flushing Meadow, where her loss to Naomi Osaka was overshadowed by her row with umpire Carlos Ramos. The tournament will conclude on 27January 2019. The wheelchair, as well as junior players, will participate in singles and doubles playoffs.

The UK Times has reported that the players on the roster are now being consulted on whether the new format should be implemented at next year's Australian Open, which begins on January 14. The tournament's leading sponsor is Kia, who is the main sponsor of the tournament from previous years too.

Australian Open

Superstars Rafael Nadal and defending champion Roger Federer, ranked second and third respectively, will be back, as will five-times finalist Andy Murray after a frustrating few years using his protected ranking of No.2.

Andy Murray who missed three of four slams past year due to a hip injury and is ranked 259th in the world will also play the season-opening slam.

The 2019 Australian Open is considered the strongest tournament yet as officials could not recall the last time both the men's and women's top 100 players would participate in the opening tournament. Caroline Wozniacki will defend her women's singles champion title from 2018.

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