Sport Super-mum Serena tipped to win Aussie Open

22:22  06 december  2017
22:22  06 december  2017 Source:   MSN

Serena, Kuznetsova uncertain of playing Australian Open

  Serena, Kuznetsova uncertain of playing Australian Open Former world number one Serena Williams has yet to make a decision about her participation at the Australian Open, while world number 12 Svetlana Kuznetsova is also a doubt for the first grand slam of 2018 after undergoing wrist surgery. Williams was around two months pregnant when she captured her 23rd grand slam singles title in Melbourne earlier this year and was hoping to defend her crown next January following the birth of her daughter in September."Serena is getting ready for 2018," the 36-year-old American's coach Patrick Mouratoglou told CNN. "She is practicing and getting back in shape. I will be joining her soon in Florida.

“Sometimes, athletes just react,” the No. 1-ranked player said Monday as she started her bid for a seventh Australian Open title with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Italy’s Camila Giorgi. She signed the post, “ Super Serena ” and the tale quickly made headlines.

Serena Williams is targeting a comeback for the 2018 Australian Open despite only giving birth in September. The 23-time Grand Slam champion became a mum for the first time when giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia, having incredibly won in Melbourne while eight-weeks pregnant.

United States' Serena Williams makes a backhand return during Australian Open.© AP Photo/Aaron Favila United States' Serena Williams makes a backhand return during Australian Open. Tennis legend Evonne Goolagong Cawley believes Serena Williams will join her in one of the sport's most exclusive clubs with a momentous Australian Open triumph as a doting mother.

Goolagong Cawley, fellow Australian all-time great Margaret Court and Belgian Kim Clijsters are the only three mothers in half a century of professional tennis to have won grand slam singles titles.

But Williams is less than seven weeks away from becoming the fourth, according to Goolagong Cawley.

"I think she will," the former world No.1 told AAP.

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Aussie Open 'top of Serena 's mind', says boss. New mum Serena Williams remains on track to make her return at the Australian Open , tournament organizers said. Williams won this year's Australian Open while pregnant, and she has spoken of her "outrageous" plans to play in Melbourne

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"I hope so because she's got so much talent and so much in her to win more tournaments.

"I know that from my own experience, after I had my daughter Kelly, I felt great. I just wanted to get back on that court.

"I'm sure she's feeling the same way."

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Serena Williams Finishes The Fight for Historic Win at Australian Open . But here were Serena , 35, and Venus, not only 36 but also having beaten a debilitating autoimmune disorder, battling for the Aussie championship, their combined age the oldest ever for a Grand Slam final.

Now that we know for sure that she’s pregnant (congrats!) let’s properly appreciate a fact: Serena Williams won the 2017 Australian Open , her record-breaking 23rd major, without dropping a single set, while nine fucking weeks pregnant.

Williams' long-time coach Patrick Mouratoglou last week cast doubt on the 23-times grand slam champion's appearance at Melbourne Park next month, saying "we will take a decision regarding Australia".

"Serena is getting ready for 2018. She is practising and getting back in shape. I will be joining her soon in Florida," Mouratoglou said.

"We will see how her body is reacting and how her tennis level is."

Williams only gave birth to her first child, daughter Alexis Olympia, in September, leaving just four months to prepare for the first major of the new year starting on January 15.

But Australian Open director Craig Tiley on Wednesday said Williams was "very likely" to defend her title.

"She's got her visa, she's entered, she's practising - she probably just needs a little more space for her entourage," Tiley said.

"There's no question that she'll be ready, in our view."

Williams only revealed in the weeks after beating sister Venus in this year's final that she was pregnant when she won her record seventh Open crown in Melbourne in January.

Now Goolagong Cawley believes Williams - at 36 and a five years older than when Court broke new ground in women's sport by winning the 1973 Australian Open as a new mother - will continue to defy history.

Goolagong Cawley was "only" 26 when she won the 1977 Open as a mother, the same age as Clijsters when she lifted the US Open trophy after having her first child.

"She won it (this year) while she was pregnant, so, yes, she is capable," Goolagong Cawley said of Williams.

"I felt great after having Kelly. I won in Australia in '77 and in '80 (when I won Wimbledon). I felt fantastic."

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<p>At the start of the Ashes series, Shaun Marsh's selection sent ex-players and fans alike into a meltdown.</p>Mitch Marsh has fought his way back into the Aussie set-up as selectors consider playing an all-rounder to provide a back-up for their big three: Starc, Hazlewood and Cummins.

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