Serena Williams to make tennis return in Australia

Serena Williams is expected to return to the court at the Australian Open, according to tournament director Craig Tiley. But after so much time off and so many new things in her life, will the 36-year-old be ready?

"She's got her visa, she's entered, she's practising and she's probably just got to find a bit more space for a bigger entourage".

Should Williams win the 2018 tournament in Melbourne she would equal Australian Court's all-time record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles.

Williams won the tournament past year when in the early weeks of her pregnancy.

Serena Williams looks set to return to action at the Australian Open after the tournament director revealed the United States star had "entered" the first Grand Slam of 2018. Williams has not competed since 2016 when she became pregnant with her first child, whom she delivered in September 2017.

She has not played a competition since, raising questions over whether the 23-time Grand Slam victor would attempt to defend her title. "It would be a pretty significant accomplishment for her to be able to do that", Tiley said.

'Serena is getting ready for 2018.

Williams recently announced on social media that she has started training again. At that point, Williams was practicing and Mouratoglou would soon join her in Florida. "We will see how her body is reacting and how her tennis level is and we will take a decision regarding Australia", he said.

The Australian Open runs from January 15-28 with the Melbourne-Cairns showdown on the 24th.