Serena Williams faces tough draw in Australian Open

Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki lifts her maiden Grand Slam at Melbourne Park a year ago

Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki lifts her maiden Grand Slam at Melbourne Park a year ago

Chris Evert has no doubt that history will only reflect well on Serena Williams, who is preparing for the Australian Open.

The six-times Australian Open champion Federer, who beat Marin Cilic in last year's final, could meet the Croat in the quarter-finals, should the Swiss come through a potentially tricky fourth round against Greek prospect Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Williams trails only Margaret Court in that category, and she came painfully close to tying her record previous year in at Wimbledon and the US Open, losing in the final of both events to Angelique Kerber and Naomi Osaka, respectively.

The Australian Open women's draw didn't do any favors for Williams in her pursuit for her record-tying 24th Grand Slam Championship.

Her tearful post-match demeanour raised concerns the youngster was becoming overwhelmed by the situation. These courts are suited for me.

"I was really impressed with Naomi, how she won the US Open and then went into Asia and made the Tokyo final", she said.

"I think that sometimes we've gone too far", Bernard Giudicelli told a tennis magazine as the federation pledged to introduce a dress code for this year's tournament in Paris. "I actually still really love her". Now she's married, has a child, has a rich life, and can get away from it. 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. While she is the leading light for the next generation, the world number four´s status as second favourite points to a lack of serious rivals for Williams among the more established players. I have nothing against her or anything. She warmed up for Melbourne by making the semi-finals of the Brisbane International last week, where she blamed a poor attitude for losing to Lesia Tsurenko.

Former US Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe, brother of the legendary John and who will also be part of ESPN's Australian Open coverage, echoed Evert's sentiments. "There's a lot of positives, there's a few negatives".

"But also there's no doubt past year, when you look at bigger picture, she came back from having a child, really nowhere near one hundred per cent fit, and she still managed to make the finals of Wimbledon and the US Open, which was incredible".

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