Sunshine Coast Daily - - TENNIS -

Ser­ena Wil­liams will be­gin her quest for a slice of grand slam his­tory when she launches her Aus­tralian Open cam­paign against un­seeded Ger­man Tat­jana Maria to­day.

Wil­liams is bid­ding to equal ten­nis great Mar­garet Court’s record of 24 grand slam sin­gles crowns.

The 37-year-old, who has 23 ma­jors to her name, is seeded No.16.

Wil­liams re­turns to the Aus­tralian Open for the first time since her win in 2017 after miss­ing last year’s tour­na­ment fol­low­ing the birth of her daugh­ter, Alexis Olympia.

Wil­liams and Maria, ranked No.73 in the world, have not played each other be­fore.

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