Serena Williams confirmed for eighth Australian Open title tilt

first_imgLATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “Serena loves coming to Melbourne and I know she’s excited about returning in January with her family, it’s definitely a very special place for her,” said Tiley.“She’ll also be super-focused on winning here, and equalling Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles.”Tiley said the tournament was gearing up to welcome back Azarenka and Williams — and their children.“Vika (Azarenka) is also a new mum to toddler Leo and I’m looking forward to showing her, and Serena, our new creche facilities,” said Tiley. “I’m sure they’ll be appreciated.”Six-time men’s winners Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, who captured his 20th Grand Slam title in Melbourne in January, look to be among the players to beat again in 2019.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley said Tuesday he was expecting a full contingent of the top 100 men and women players in Melbourne next year.“I’m delighted to announce that Serena Williams will return to the Australian Open in January,” Tiley said while launching the 2019 event at Rod Laver Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“We last saw Serena here in Melbourne as our champion, holding the Daphne Ackhurst Memorial Cup in 2017. Of course what we didn’t know at the time was that she was already eight weeks pregnant with baby Olympia,” said Tiley.Williams needs one more Grand Slam singles victory to equal Australian Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college FILE – NEW YORK, NY – Serena Williams of the United States returns the ball against Venus Williams of the United States during their ladies singles third round match on Day Five of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 31, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Chris Trotman/Getty Images for USTA/AFPSeven times champion Serena Williams will be back at the Australian Open in 2019 having missed her title defense this year after giving birth, organizers said Tuesday.The 23-time Grand Slam winner, who won on her last appearance in 2017 while pregnant, will be joined in January’s tournament by double Melbourne Park champion Victoria Azarenka who was forced to withdraw from the 2018 event because of a custody battle with her baby’s father.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tip-top Federer ‘where I want to be’ for Shanghai defense Tiley was also looking forward to the return of Britain’s Andy Murray, the five-time losing finalist who missed this year’s tournament with injury.“With his incredible work ethic and competitive spirit it would be foolish to underestimate him,” he said of the Scot.Tiley said prize money at the January 14-27 tournament will be increased to Aus$60.5 million ($42.9 million) from Aus$55 million in 2018 — split equally between men’s and women’s tournaments.The 2018 singles winners Federer and Caroline Wozniacki both picked up cheques for Aus$4 million ($2.83 million).The tournament will also introduce a 25-second serve clock to speed up play, after the innovation made its Slam debut at this year’s US Open.“The 25-second serve clock will be introduced for all matches,” said Tiley.“We know there’s a move to speed up play and we’ll continue to work with the players on the best ways to do this.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taallast_img

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