Serena Williams 'has entered' Australian Open

Serena Williams will return to the court at the Australian Open according to Craig Tiley

Serena Williams will return to the court at the Australian Open according to Craig Tiley

The Australian Open kicks off next month and Williams will be looking for her 24th Grand Slam singles title and eighth at the tournament.

She has not played competitively since Melbourne, raising questions over whether the 23-time Slam victor would attempt to defend her title next month and equal Australian Margaret Court's singles record of 24 major titles.

Serena Williams is poised return in January next year, according to the Australia Open tournament director.

She gave birth to a girl in September and has taken to the practice courts in preparation for a return in 2018.

Serena, who recently got married and give birth to a baby girl, hasn't played since winning her 23rd Grand Slam at the event previous year.

"We are expecting the AO Game to be a sell-out so we urge fans to get their tickets quickly and come along and enjoy a great day at the tennis, followed by a night at the basketball", said NBL chief Jeremy Loeliger.

"She wants to break a record that is Margaret Court's", said Tiley.

Williams won the Australian Open in January 2017 before revealing she had been pregnant at the time.

"We'd be pretty excited about the possibility [of her coming]", Tiley said.

The American won this year's Australian Open in the early stages of pregnancy and then stepped away from the game.

Tiley also spoke about how the event is a "family-friendly" one and referring to Williams and her baby, he cited the example of how Roger Federer travels with four children.

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