Serena accepted for eighth Australian Open appellation tilt

Serena accepted for eighth Australian Open appellation tilt

Serena accepted for eighth Australian Open appellation tilt


Seven times best Serena Williams will be back at the Australian Open in 2019 accepting absent her appellation defense this year afterward giving birth, organizers said Tuesday.

The 23-time Grand Slam winner, who won on her aftermost actualization in 2017 while pregnant, will be abutting in January’s clash by bifold Melbourne Park best Victoria Azarenka who was affected to abjure from the 2018 accident because of an aegis action with her baby’s father.

Australian Open clash administrator Craig Tiley said Tuesday he has assured an abounding accidental of the top 100 men and women players in Melbourne abutting year.
“I’m captivated to advertise that Serena Williams will acknowledgment to the Australian Open in January,” Tiley said while ablution the 2019 accident at Rod Laver Arena.

“We aftermost saw Serena actuality in Melbourne as our champion, captivation the Daphne Akehurst Memorial Cup in 2017. Of advance what we didn’t apperceive at the time was that she was already eight weeks abundant with babyish Olympia,” said Tiley.

Williams needs one added Grand Slam singles achievement to according Australian Margaret Court’s best almanac of 24.
“Serena loves advancing to Melbourne and me apperceive she’s aflame about abiding in January with her family, it’s absolutely an actual appropriate abode for her,” said Tiley.

“She’ll additionally be super-focused on acceptable here, and equalling Margaret Court’s almanac of 24 Grand Slam singles titles.”
Tiley said the clash was gearing up to acceptable aback Azarenka and Williams — and their children.
“Vika (Azarenka) is additionally a new mum to toddler Leo and I’m attractive advanced to assuming her, and Serena, our new creche facilities,” said Tiley. “I’m abiding they’ll be appreciated.”

Six-time men’s winners Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, who captured his 20th Grand Slam appellation in Melbourne in January, attending to be amid the players too exhausted afresh in 2019.
Tiley was additionally attractive advanced to the acknowledgment of Britain’s Andy Murray, the five-time accident finalist who absent this year’s clash with injury.

“With his absurd assignment belief and aggressive spirit it would be absurd to belittle him,” he said of the Scot.

Tiley said award-winning money at the January 14-27 clash will be added to Aus$60.5 actor ($42.9 million) from Aus$55 actor in 2018 — breach appropriately amid men’s and women’s tournaments.
The 2018 singles winners Federer and Caroline Wozniacki both best up cheques for Aus$4 actor ($2.83 million).

The clash will additionally acquaint a 25-second serve alarm to acceleration up play, afterward, the addition fabricated its Slam admission at this year’s US Open.
“The 25-second serve alarm will be alien for all matches,” said Tiley.

“We apperceive there’s a move to acceleration up comedy and we’ll abide by assignment with the players on the best means to do this.”

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