‘Serena will be back’: Australian Open director backs Williams’ return

  • Seven-times Melbourne Park champion gave birth in September
  • 2018 winners will pocket $4m each with an overall 10% pay increase

New mother Serena Williams will be chasing a record $4m in prize money when she returns to defend her Australian Open crown in January. Tournament director Craig Tiley announced on Tuesday that Williams, who gave birth to a daughter in September, would be back in Melbourne for the tournament in January.

“Serena will be back,” Tiley said. “We look forward to welcoming her and again go on that journey of breaking the all-time record for the most number of grand slams.”

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