Serena Williams to return at Australia Open, says tournament chief

Serena Williams Returns to the Tennis Court for the First Time Since Wedding and Daughter's Birth

Melbourne United will host Cairns Taipans at Hisense Arena in the second week of the Australian Open after partnering with Tennis Australia to deliver "a Grand Slam first".

Serena, who recently got married and give birth to a baby girl, hasn't played since winning her 23rd Grand Slam at the event past year.

However, at a Tennis Australia event on Wednesday, the Australian Open's tournament director, Craig Tiley, was optimistic of Williams defending her Melbourne title and continuing in her quest to break Margaret Court's all-time singles record of 24 grand slams.

He told the Herald Sun: "She's got her visa, she's entered, she's practising and she's probably just got to find a bit more space for a bigger entourage".

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Williams is now in the process of working towards a return for the 2018 season, with intentions to compete at Melbourne Park next month.

"We'd be pretty excited about the possibility [of her coming]", Tiley said. "I spent a lot of time at this center, just even out here on the courts with the kids". It ruins lives. I think one of the hardest days of all of our lives was having to tell our sister's children what happened to their mom.

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

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