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Australian Open 2019: Serena Williams faces tough path to win 24th major

11 January, 2019, 09:10 | Author: Drew Briggs
  • Serena Williams lifts the Australian Open trophy in 2017. Now she is back looking for a record-equalling 24th Slam

Osaka will face world No. 86 Magda Linette, of Poland, in the first round of the Australian Open.

The Serbian world number one and his Swiss opponent have won eight of the nine titles on the Rod Laver Arena since 2010, and 11 of the last 13 on the bright blue courts in central Melbourne.

Wozniacki also has a question mark over her fitness after the 28-year-old Dane revealed her battle with rheumatoid arthritis last October, but has since claimed that she has learnt to live with it.

The legacy of Serena Williams, who next week will compete in her first Grand Slam since her fiery clash with a U.S. Open umpire, will not be harmed by the infamous feud that tarnished the NY final, American great Chris Evert said on Wednesday.

Despite being ranked outside the top 10, few would be courageous enough to count Williams out of the equation as she aims to equal Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles.

Defending champion and third-seeded Caroline Wozniacki, who claimed her first major title a year ago by beating Halep in the final of the Australian Open, will start the defense of her title against Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium.

If US Open victor Naomi Osaka is feeling the pressure of being the tennis world's newest Grand Slam champion, she's hiding it well in the lead-up to the Australian Open. He expects her to be in the title mix going forward.

Andy Murray to retire this year, eyes Wimbledon as last event
Andy Murray is still hoping to make it to one more Wimbledon tournament before his problematic hip forces him into retirement. At 37, Federer is in Australia attempting to win the title for a third year running and for a seventh time overall.

Serena Williams, the 16th seed, will take on Tatjana Maria in her first match of the tournament.

The manner in which she claimed her maiden Slam was far from ideal - with Serena's furious tirade against the umpire overshadowing Osaka's breakthrough moment.

Djokovic is hoping to become the 8th man in history to win at least 7 titles at any Grand Slam event, while Federer, who has won 8 Wimbledon titles, has the chance to become the first man in history to win at least 7 titles at 2 different Grand Slam events.

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. "Maybe she has it even more now that she is a working mother", Evert said.

"I feel like if there's one thing I should be able to do it's draw a tennis ball", the Olympic gold medalist, 37, explained.

Russian tennis player Karen Khachanov is set to face Germany's Peter Gojowczyk in the first round of the 2019 Australian Open, which has $44.5 million in prize money up for grabs and runs between January 14 and 27.

"I noticed she seems fitter, which is a scary thought". "I'm trying to change it more, and I think I have".

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