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Serena Williams will defend her Australia Open title at Melbourne Park in January 2018 – just four months after becoming a mum.
A 23-time major champion, Williams has not competed since April after falling pregnant.
She gave birth to Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr in September – her first child with fiancé Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit.
According to Australia Open tournament director Craig Tiley, Williams will return to tennis in time for the first major of 2018.
“Serena will be back,” Tiley told The Guardian. “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.”
Williams won the 2017 Australia Open title when she was eight weeks pregnant, defeating her sister Venus Williams in the final.
In 2018, the men’s and women’s winners at Melbourne Park will earn AUS $4 million (£2.36 million) payday – up from $3.7 million in 2017.