Serena confirms she's heading Down Under for Australian Open

Serena confirms she's heading Down Under for Australian Open

American tennis superstar, Serena Williams has confirmed her participation at the 2019 Australian Open.

Williams reached the Wimbledon and U.S. Open finals after her return a year ago but lost both, leaving her one short of Australian Margaret Court's tally of grand slam singles titles.

Should that new scoring system be adopted in Australia, it would mean the four grand slam events would operate with different tie-breaker systems. Wimbledon recently bowed to pressure from players, coaches and fans and introduced a convention final-set tie-breaker (first player to seven with a margin of two) but only when the game score reaches 12-12.

Before heading to Australia for Melbourne Park title at the Hopman Cup in Perth, Serena Williams will play an exhibition match in Abu Dhabi in the last week of the year.

The top Croatian tennis players will fight in the first Grand Slam tournament of the 2019 season - the Australian Open.

Meanwhile, 10 Australians will have direct entry to the men's and women's main singles draws, with tournament officials already boasting about the exceptionally strong fields for Melbourne Park. The tournament's leading sponsor is Kia, who is the main sponsor of the tournament from previous years too.

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Australian Open organisers 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.

Andy Murray who missed three of four slams past year due to a hip injury and is ranked 259th in the world will also play the season-opening slam.

The evergreen Federer will be back to defend his title, along with long-time adversary Novak Djokovic.

There are 102 women and 101 men, who are confirmed to play in the tournament which will start from 14 January 2019 and will end on 27 January 2019. Caroline Wozniacki defends the women's crown.

"It's always special to see our defending champions - Caroline had her first Grand Slam win here previous year so will be keen to start 2019 on a high", said Tiley.

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