Ser­ena, Nadal and Mur­ray all con­firmed for Aus­tralian Open

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said she was among the en­tries for the open­ing Grand Slam of the year as she at­tempts to equal Mar­garet Court’s record of 24.

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.

In the af­ter­math, Roger Fed­erer said Wil­liams “went too far.”

“Ser­ena Wil­liams, cur­rently ranked 16th, will make her highly an­tic­i­pated re­turn to Melbourne for the first time since win­ning in 2017 when eight weeks preg­nant with baby Alexis Olympia,” said tour­na­ment or­ga­nizer Craig Ti­ley.

The ever­green Fed­erer will be back to de­fend his ti­tle, along with long­time ad­ver­sary No­vak Djokovic. Caro­line Woz­ni­acki de­fends the women’s crown.

Or­ga­niz­ers said the world’s top 102 women and top 101 men have all con­firmed they will be play­ing.

The only top-100 ab­sen­tee from the women’s draw is 74th-ranked Ag­nieszka Rad­wan­ska of Poland, who re­cently an­nounced her re­tire­ment at 29.

“It’s al­ways spe­cial to see our de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons. Caro­line [Woz­ni­acki] had her first Grand Slam win here last year so will be keen to start 2019 on a high,” said Ti­ley.

“And of course Roger Fed­erer has spe­cial mem­o­ries of Melbourne, hav­ing won here six times, some­thing only No­vak [Djokovic] and Roy Emer­son have done in the past.”

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