Serena Williams faces tough draw in Australian Open


The legacy of Serena Williams, who next week will compete in her first Grand Slam since her fiery clash with a U.S. Open umpire, will not be harmed by the infamous feud that tarnished the NY final, American great Chris Evert said on Wednesday.

Wozniacki, ranked three, started last season by winning her first Grand Slam in Melbourne and returning to world number one, but ended it in October with the bombshell announcement that she had been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.

"It's yet another chapter in the incredible story of Serena Williams", ESPN tennis analyst and former professional Patrick McEnroe said about Williams' U.S. Open episode.

Famously, Roger Federer won the men's singles last year and will be looking to make this his 100th tournament victory by winning again this year.

She last won a Major at the 2017 Australian Open when she was four weeks pregnant.

American tennis ace Serena Williams, who is eying to equal Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 major singles titles, has been handed over a tough draw in the upcoming Australian Open.

"The fact that she could break the record for overall grand slams, that will overshadow everything at the end of the day".

Wozniacki, 28, says the debilitating auto-immune condition is so bad that on some days "I wake up and can't lift my hands over my head".

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Defending champion and third-seeded Caroline Wozniacki, who claimed her first major title a year ago by beating Halep in the final of the Australian Open, will start the defense of her title against Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium.

The 23 times Grand Slam title victor had last won the Australian Open title in 2017 when she was eight weeks pregnant.

"I have no reason to believe that Sabalenka will not win more than one Grand Slam. Why?"

Serena received a code violation for coaching, a penalty point for racquet abuse and a game penalty for calling the umpire a "liar" and a "thief" during the US Open final.

Australia Open is slated to be held from January 14 to 27 in Melbourne, Australia.

An indication of the steel that lies beneath her humble demeanour came in her outing after the US Open, the Pan-Pacific Open in Tokyo, when she breezed into the final without conceding a set.

Murray, a five-time finalist at Melbourne Park, spent most of previous year recuperating from hip surgery and looked rusty last week in Brisbane, but declared himself pain free.