Kyrgios set for unseeded Australian Open

Silvia Morton
December 7, 2018

A year after she withdrew from the Australian Open in the wake of her first pregnancy, Serena Williams is confirmed as an entrant in the 2019 tournament, the Open announced on Wednesday.

American great Serena Williams, ranked No.16, will make her highly anticipated return to Melbourne Park for the first time since winning in 2017 when eight weeks pregnant with baby Alexis Olympia, while world No.3 Caroline Wozniacki will be trying to defend her women's crown.

Williams reached the Wimbledon and U.S. Open finals after her return past year but lost both, leaving her one short of Australian Margaret Court's tally of grand slam singles titles.

Williams backed out of the 2018 Australian Open, however, due to insufficient preparation time after her pregnancy.

Her appearance will mark her first major since her controversial rant at an umpire during the US Open final loss to Naomi Osaka, which overshadowed the Japanese star's biggest ever win.

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"It's an exciting time of year and we can't wait to welcome this exceptionally strong player field to Melbourne for Australian Open 2019", tournament director Craig Tiley said.

The Australian Open could get deciding-set tie-breakers as soon as 2019. The tournament's leading sponsor is Kia, who is the main sponsor of the tournament from previous years too.

The world's top 102 women and top 101 men have all confirmed they will compete at next month's Australian Open in Melbourne.

Reigning champion Roger Federer will be gunning for a record seventh men's single crown from January 14-27, while Caroline Wozniacki will embark on her maiden grand slam title defence at Melbourne Park.

That includes injury-prone Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray.

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