Australian Open : History beckons as Serena shoots for Slam history

Serena Williams lifts the Australian Open trophy in 2017. Now she is back looking for a record-equalling 24th Slam

Serena Williams lifts the Australian Open trophy in 2017. Now she is back looking for a record-equalling 24th Slam

She last won a Major at the 2017 Australian Open when she was four weeks pregnant.

"But being number one is something you should embrace and be proud of".

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark plays a forehand during her first round match against Laura Siegemund of Germany at the ASB Classic on January 02, 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand.

After returning from the maternity leave, Williams made it to the final of the two Grand Slams but could not surpass the final hurdle.

The world No. 1 suffered a shocking straight-sets loss to the experienced Kanepi in the opening round of the U.S. Open in August.

The Australian Open women's draw didn't do any favors for Williams in her pursuit for her record-tying 24th Grand Slam Championship. He expects her to be in the title mix going forward.

Serena Williams' legacy will not be tarnished by what happened at the US Open final past year, 18-time Grand Slam champion Chris Evert said ahead of the Australian Open, scheduled to begin on Monday.

Defending champion and third-seeded Caroline Wozniacki, who claimed her first major title previous year by beating Halep in the final of the Australian Open, will start the defense of her title against Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium.

The 37-year-old, seeded third, is bidding to extend his all-time leading men's Grand Slam record to 21 title and would capture a 100th ATP tournament win in the process.

Williams, who is seeded 16 for the tournament in Melbourne after reaching the past two grand slam finals, will play her first tour match since the defeat by Osaka when she takes on Maria on Tuesday having prepared for the Australian Open with three successive singles victories in the Hopman Cup.

"In general, it's about her offensive game", Rittner told Deutsche Welle of the three-time Grand Slam champion who lost an agonising, breathless semi-final 9-7 in the final set to Halep in Melbourne a year ago. "Maybe she has it even more now that she is a working mother", Evert said. But coming from Constanta [her home city], from nowhere, and becoming the best, is pretty huge for a Romanian, and for me as a person.

"I think that sometimes we've gone too far", Bernard Giudicelli told a tennis magazine as the federation pledged to introduce a dress code for this year's tournament in Paris.

Yet she appears to have put the emotional turmoil experienced in NY behind her and is revelling in her status as standard bearer for the next generation of women's players.

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