Ser­ena Tar­gets Aus­tralian Open Ti­tle De­fense

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MEL­BOURNE (Dis­patches) - Former world num­ber one and new mum Ser­ena Wil­liams is tar­get­ing a re­turn to Mel­bourne Park next year to de­fend her Aus­tralian Open ti­tle, tour­na­ment di­rec­tor Craig Ti­ley said on Tues­day.

Wil­liams, who won her 23rd grand slam ti­tle when preg­nant at the 2017 tour­na­ment in Jan­uary, gave birth to daugh­ter Alexis Olympia Oha­nian Jr. on Sept. 1. She has just three months to get fit if she is to de­fend her ti­tle.

“Ser­ena will be back,” Ti­ley told re­porters in Mel­bourne.” She wants to come back in 2018 and de­fend her ti­tle and she’s in train­ing now.

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