Andy Murray will return for Australian Open claims tournament director

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

At a news conference Tuesday called to announce an increase in prize money for the year's first major, tournament director Craig Tiley said Williams was planning on playing the January 15-28 Australian Open.

She was pregnant at the time of last year's Australian Open, and still managed to win the tournament, defeating her older sister, Venus, in the final.

"[Williams] wants to come back in 2018 and defend her title".

Serena Williams may add her first post-baby Grand Slam title to her collection at the Australian Open in January.

"Serena, the competitor that she is, she wants to win more than the 23 Grand Slam titles that she has", he said.

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

In the 2018 edition of the tournament, the prize money pool has increased by 10% to AU$55million (£32.4m).


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. Obviously, at training now, there is several months to go. "I have been playing some really great tennis this year and I feel I'm in a strong position, both physically and mentally, in the lead up to Sydney", she said.

Tiley's announcement comes a month after Serena's coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, exclusively told Eurosport at the US Open that she was targeting her return for being in time for Melbourne.

Having generated record broadcast figures this year, Tiley said next year's event would again provide excitement and drama, particularly if, as expected.

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.

Murray has been sidelined since July with a hip injury.

Tennis fans might have extra reason to tune into the Australian Open next year.

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

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