Serena Williams set to make comeback at 2018 Australian Open, say organizers

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"We'd be pretty excited about the possibility [of her coming]", Tiley said.

Later, it emerged the 36-year old was two-months pregnant while cruising through her victory.

"She's got her visa, she's entered, she's practicing and she's probably just got to find a bit more space for a bigger entourage", Tiley said.

If Williams competes in?Melbourne, she would be going for her 24th Grand Slam singles title. "There is no question she will be ready in our view and she wants to break the record owned by Margaret Court and it would be a significant accomplishment", he said.

Serena Williams, 23-time grand slam champion, is all set to return to professional tennis in next month's Australian Open.

She has not played a competition since, raising questions over whether the 23-time Grand Slam victor would attempt to defend her title.

The American superstar won the Australian Open in 2017, where she defeated her sister Venus Williams 6-4 6-4 in the final.

She gave birth to her first child, daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr, with her partner, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, in September.

In her absence Serena has dropped to No. 22 in the WTA Rankings but she will likely be considered the favourite to triumph should she indeed return at the 2018 Australian Open.

'Serena is getting ready for 2018.

Williams has indicated on social media that she has already returned to training. She is practising and getting back in shape.

The Australian Open runs from January 15-28 with the Melbourne-Cairns showdown on the 24th.

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