Australian Open: History beckons as Serena Williams shoots for Slam history

Heather Diaz
January 11, 2019

Rafael Nadal holds the record for most titles at the same Grand Slam tournament with 11 Roland Garros titles.

The shock diagnosis came after Wozniacki had returned to number one and taken her WTA tour title tally to 30 with victories not only in Melbourne, but also Eastbourne and Beijing.

Top-seeded Halep is without a coach after long-time Australian mentor Darren Cahill stepped down for family reasons, and described 2018 as "very emotional" but insisted it had made her mentally stronger.

"It's yet another chapter in the incredible story of Serena Williams", ESPN tennis analyst and former professional Patrick McEnroe said about Williams' U.S. Open episode.

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.

"She is unbelievably good with the volley -- in this more aggressive, more daring game". "I've hit literally a trillion of them".

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

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A second Australian Open title will be a ideal birthday gift for world number two Angelique Kerber, who turns 31 in the first week of the tournament. My mother was anxious and said if she was in my place she would stop and just enjoy life.

"There is a certain degree of pressure, but it's from myself".

Serena Williams is back in Melbourne as hot favorite to repeat her 2017 Australian Open win and claim a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam with rivals, including defending champion Caroline Wozniacki, battling health issues and poor form. In that match, Williams infamously got into a verbal argument with umpire Carlos Ramos over his calls and his biases, while Osaka, a worthy champion, was booed and reduced to tears at the podium when she accepted the title. That's her swagger, I see that.

That loss left Williams, who also lost in the Wimbledon final past year, short of matching Margaret Court's marker of 24 grand slam titles, a record the American has another chance of equalling in Melbourne over the next fortnight.

"There's no doubt that was a negative but there's no doubt that also a year ago when you look at the bigger picture, the fact that she came back from having a child she was really nowhere near 100 percent and she still made the finals of Wimbledon and the US Open was incredible".

"I always have insane big goals but I like to keep them to myself".

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