Serena Williams To Have Tough Draws At Australian Open 2019

Lynette Rowe
January 10, 2019

Williams trails only Margaret Court in that category, and she came painfully close to tying her record past year in at Wimbledon and the US Open, losing in the final of both events to Angelique Kerber and Naomi Osaka, respectively.

It was an incident that overshadowed Naomi Osaka's maiden grand slam triumph and split opinion among fans and pundits alike.

Defending champion Wozniacki, who broke through for her maiden Grand Slam title with victory over Halep in last year's final, is in line to face former victor Maria Sharapova in a mouth-watering third round showdown.

When it comes to Williams, who is seeking a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title at the January 14-27 Australian Open, Evert believes it is her remarkable journey from the hardscrabble courts in Compton where she learned the game to the top of the tennis world that will be remembered most. "I didn't experience her life".

She needs just one more Grand Slam title to sit tied with Margaret Court for the all-time lead at 24. I think there will be a side-note that Serena has a lot of passion, that she, at times, lost her cool on court.

"Osaka shines" The 21-year-old Osaka backed up her US Open win by riding a wave of fanatical home support to reach the final of the Pan-Pacific Open in Tokyo without dropping a set.

And Evert says the prospect of a fully fit Williams could strike fear into her rivals.

"I think that sometimes we've gone too far", Bernard Giudicelli told a tennis magazine as the federation pledged to introduce a dress code for this year's tournament in Paris.

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"She has had time off, she can really get away from tennis, before maybe not as much".

But she fell foul of officials with the spandex compression garment outfit criticised by the French Tennis Federation president and subsequently banned at Roland Garros.

The grand slam champion was bedridden for six weeks due to the complications after her daughter was delivered by caesarean section. I have nothing against her or anything. "The women have to think she was 60-70 per cent a year ago reaching when two finals".

Fellow American great Chris Evert said the shadow of the US Open final controversy would not hang over Williams' career.

"I would say this is yet another chapter in the incredible story of Serena Williams, a lot of positives, a few negatives, no doubt that [US Open controversy] was a negative", he said.

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"She seems to have put it past her which is great for her".

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