Serena Williams will return to action at the 2018 Australian Open in Melbourne, the year’s opening Grand Slam.
The Director of the competition on Wednesday said it was ‘very likely’ the 36-year-old would return to action.
“She’s got her visa, she’s entered, she’s practising and she’s probably just got to find a bit more space for a bigger entourage,” Melbourne’s Herald Sun quoted him as saying.
“There’s no question that she’ll be ready in our view and she wants to break a record that is Margaret Court’s. It would be a pretty significant accomplishment for her to be able to do that.”
Williams won this year’s edition while she was pregnant. She gave birth in September and has not played in a competition since then.
This has raised doubt about the 23-time Grand Slam winner’s ability to defend the title.
She had last month married Reddit co-founder, Alexis Ohanian.