Aussie officials expecting Serena Williams to defend title

Serena Williams and her partner Alexis Ohanian welcomed a baby daughter Alexis Olympia

Serena Williams to make comeback at Australian Open

The two of them, along with the three-time Grand Slam victor Stan Wawrinka and 14th ranked Kei Nishikori, will return to action in Melbourne as tournament director Craig Tiley confirmed the news.

After giving birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Williams said that her baby's initials - A.O. - were a nod to the Australian Open.

"She wants to come back in 2018 and defend her title and she's in training now".

The 35-year-old mother of one beat her sister Venus in the Melbourne final, and hopes to return to grand slam tennis in time for the Australian Open in January next year, Tiley said.

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"She wants to come back in 2018 and defend her title and she's in training now.

That ranking means a lot but also I think sometimes being able to compete means just as much", Williams said.

The 2018 Australian Open has been officially launched with the world's top tennis players committed to playing in the tournament.

Additionally, Tiley confirmed the prize money for next year's tournament will rise by 10 per cent to 55 million Australian dollars (£32.5 million), with the men and women's champions earning 4 million Australian dollars (£2.3 million).

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Serena Williams is aiming to make her comeback to the grand slam circuit at the 2018 Australian Open with a record $4 million purse on offer. "We look forward to welcoming her and again go on that journey of breaking the all-time record for the most number of Grand Slams", he added.

The women's singles trophy will be presented by Billie Jean King, 50 years after she won her first Australian Open title.

Tiley said the winners' prizemoney had broken a "barrier" that "has not been done by any other grand slam or any other event". Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori return from injury.

Tiley said while the upgrade to include a 5,000-seat sunken show-court wouldn't be complete until 2019, the tournament wouldn't be affected, with more music and a larger kids zone part of the attractions.

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Meanwhile, Tiley could not guarantee wayward Australian Bernard Tomic would get a start in the men's draw.

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