Serena Williams 'has entered' Australian Open

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The media reveals that according to the tournament's director Craig Tiley, the 36 year old is targeting a grand come back with 2019 tournaments being her main focus. Her daughter, Alexis, was born September 1.

Speaking to reporters in US, Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley said it is "very likely" for Serena to come back in January to chase down the record of winning 24 grand slam titles now held by Margaret Court.

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Last week Williams' coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, told CNN Sport that a decision would be made during an upcoming training session in Florida on whether or not the 23-time grand slam champion would make her comeback and compete in Melbourne, where play starts on January 15. "There is no question she will be ready in our view and she wants to break the record owned by Margaret Court and it would be a significant accomplishment", he said.

Margaret Court, an Australian has 24 major titles, making her the most successful player in Grand Slam history.

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Her triumph in Australia previous year saw her eclipse Steffi Graf's Open Era record of 22 titles.

Tiley further added that if Serana is able to return and defend her title, it would be a huge achievement.

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United will play the Cairns Taipans at the venue, which is usually locked out by the Australian Open for the last two weeks of January. "Roger Federer travels with his four kids and we are a family-friendly event", he said, referring to Williams and her baby.

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