Andy Murray, Serena Williams expected to play in Australian Open

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

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

Williams announced after giving birth that the initials of her daughter's name - Alexis Olympia Ohanian - were a nod to the Australian Open.

"The competitor that she is - she wants to win more than the 23 grand slam titles that she has".

Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley on Tuesday announced that the top 100 men's and women's players would compete at the first Grand Slam of the year despite many having suffered injuries in 2017, reports Xinhua news agency.

"I'm very happy to confirm that all the top players will be back in Melbourne in January", Tiley said at the tournament's launch, streamed on Twitter. Obviously, at training now, there is several months to go.

The 2018 edition of the tournament marks 30 years since the tournament was first played at Melbourne Park, with the venue in the midst of a $975-million redevelopment.

'If anyone can do it, she can and I'm certainly not counting her out of a return come January'.

- "I still pinch myself" - ========================== Roger Federer marked a stunning comeback from injury by beating old rival Rafael Nadal to win his 18th Grand Slam in an epic five-set final this year, while Serena beat her sister, Venus, in the women's decider.

The women's trophy will be presented by U.S. great Billie Jean King, 50 years after she won her first Australian Open title.

"I still pinch myself".

"We're still joking about it, it was a insane moment in my life. we couldn't believe it, all the five-setters".

Tiley added: "With the return of Novak, Andy and Stan, who will all have lower rankings, there's also a real chance we'll finally see a breakthrough from one of the rising stars like Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem or David Goffin". Serena has won the Grand Slam seven times.

The men's and women's singles winners will each collect four million Australian dollars (£2.4m) in 2018, up from A$3.7m in 2017, while the entire prize money pool has increased by 10% to A$55m (£32.4m).

This year's US Open winners walked away with Dollars 3.7 million, while the French Open offered 2.1 million euros and Wimbledon paid out 2.2 million pound.

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