Serena Williams set for Australian Open Comeback

Serena 'very likely' to defend Australian Open title

Serena Williams to make tennis return in Australia

Tennis Australia chief executive Craig Tiley has confirmed the 23-time Grand Slam victor will "very likely" return to tennis in Melbourne for the Australian Open in January.

Later, it emerged the 36-year old was two-months pregnant while cruising through her victory.

"She has got her visa, she has entered [the tournament], she is practicing and she probably just needs a bit more space for a bigger entourage", the tournament director said.

And that will come at Melbourne Park after Tiley revealed the 23-time grand slam champion has entered the tournament with the target of eventually surpassing Margaret Court's record of 24 grand slam singles titles.

"We'd be pretty excited about the possibility (of her coming)", he added.

Basketball is heading to the Australian Open tennis for the first time, with a top-level game to be played at one of the stadiums during the opening Grand Slam of the year.

'She wants to break a record that is Margaret Court's, ' Tiley told the Herald Sun. "There is no question she will be ready in our view".

The American superstar won the Australian Open in 2017, where she defeated her sister Venus Williams 6-4 6-4 in the final.

She gave birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr, in September and just four months later, she is set to make her comeback.

'Serena is getting ready for 2018.

The tennis player is back in training but has still not made an official statement on her return.

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

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