Serena Williams 'has entered' Australian Open

Serena Williams will return to the court at the Australian Open according to Craig Tiley

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. But after so much time off and so many new things in her life, will the 36-year-old be ready?

Williams is just one Grand Slam title away from matching the record of 24 set by Margaret Court.

The 23-time grand slam singles champion has since given birth to a daughter, Alexis Olympia, and Wednesday internet mogul Alexis Ohanian.

It is worth mentioning here that Serena Williams' last competitive tournament was 2017's Australian Open and she is the defending champion as well.

Speaking to reporters in US, Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley said it is "very likely" for Serena to come back in January to chase down the record of winning 24 grand slam titles now held by Margaret Court.

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

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

Williams recently announced on social media that she has started training again.

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

'Serena is getting ready for 2018. She is practicing and getting back in shape. "I will be joining her soon in Florida", Mouratoglou said.

Tiley also spoke about how the event is a "family-friendly" one and referring to Williams and her baby, he cited the example of how Roger Federer travels with four children.

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