Serena Williams reacts after winning a point against Anastasija Sevastova, of Latvia, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, in NY.
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 previous season was at Flushing Meadows, where her loss to Naomi Osaka was outshined by her controversial rant with umpire Carlos Ramos.
The 37-year-old legendary female player Serena Williams, who is a seven-time victor of the Australian Open, has announced her return to the tournament next year.
The 37-year-old tennis star, who is now ranked No. 16 among women, was named one of the top 102 in her sport and has since committed to competing in January's Melbourne event, the first of four annual Grand Slam tourneys.
The only way he can gain some seeding protection for the 2019 Open - which starts on January 14 - is by defending his Brisbane International crown and hoping for some late withdrawals. The applicants, however, do not include Polish player Agnieszka Radwanska who has recently announced the end of her professional career at 29 years of age.
Her return was confirmed by tournament organisers on Wednesday, with Simona Halep and defending champion Caroline Wozniacki also in the field.
"And of course Roger Federer has special memories of Melbourne, having won here six times, something only Novak (Djokovic) and Roy Emerson have done in the past".
He further added, "I've been in touch with Rafa and he's back to full fitness after cutting his season short after Paris and can't wait to arrive in Australia".
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