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The US Champion is said to be planning to use the Australian Open as her return to the court to keep her fit for the coming matches. But after so much time off and so many new things in her life, will the 36-year-old be ready?

Serena is just one short of matching Magaret Court's all-time mark of 24 Grand Slams.

'She wants to break a record that is Margaret Court's, ' Tiley told the Herald Sun.

She has not played a competition since, raising questions over whether the 23-time Grand Slam victor would attempt to defend her title.

Serena Williams has entered the 2018 Australian Open and is set to make her return to competitive action at the first Grand Slam of next year, according to tournament director Craig Tiley. 'It would be a pretty significant accomplishment for her to be able to do that'.

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She even posted some videos on her social media accounts of her playing tennis whilst being heavily pregnant, which just goes to show how dedicated she is to the sport. But last week, Williams's coach said on CNN that no decision had been made about the Australian Open.

Tiley is optimistic she will return for a crack at her seventh Melbourne Park crown after marrying Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian last month.

In January 2017, Serena Williams defeated her sister Venus Williams to lift the Australian Open. "Serena is getting ready for 2018". I will be joining her soon in Florida.

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

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