Serena Williams warms up for record-equalling grand slam attempt

Five women to watch at the Australian Open

Fourth seed and US Open champion Naomi Osaka starts her bid to claim back-to-back grand slam titles against Polish outsider Magda Linette. While there are players like No 1 Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Serena Williams who will aim for another Grand Slam title, there are few young guns like Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverav who are aiming to win the first title.

"There's no doubt that was a negative but there's no doubt that also past year 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".

She has already been installed as a short-priced favourite, with the odds-makers confident she won't repeat her infamous US Open final meltdown where she called umpire Carlos Ramos "a thief" and was given three code violations to lose a game and derail her challenge.

American tennis ace Serena Williams, who is eying to equal Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 major singles titles, has been handed over a tough draw in the upcoming Australian Open.

Williams reached the finals at Wimbledon and in NY on what was her comeback year on the WTA Tour in 2018 following the birth of her first child. 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. I feel at home here.

As far as the final match is concerned, in-form Angelique Kerber of Germany could be Williams' opponent. "I think keeping them a bit of a secret helps me do the best I can". "She's in position where can break records in the tennis world".

Caroline Wozniacki is also looking to defend her title after winning her first career major at this event previous year.

The 28-year-old Dane insists she can manage the debilitating auto-immune condition, which sometimes leaves her so exhausted she cannot raise her arms above her head.

At 37 years 172 days Federer would become the first man to win 5 Grand Slam titles after turning 30.

The Romanian broke her major duck at the French Open in June last year and finished the season at number one for the second consecutive year. By winning here a year ago, Federer joined Laver and Ken Rosewall at the top of the list for most Grand Slam titles won after turning 30.

The Australian Open 2019 is the first Grand Slam of the year and a chance to see if your favourite players are performing at the highest level.

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