Serena could return for Australian Open

Serena Williams could return to tennis as early as next year’s Australian Open, her coach has revealed.

Williams announced in April that she was pregnant with her first child, just months after lifting her 23rd Grand Slam title at the Australian Open.

However, Williams stressed at the time that she was not ready to retire and coach Patrick Mouratoglou believes she could even be involved in January’s Australian Open.

“For anyone, it sounds impossible, because it’s too short a time after you give birth,” he said.

“But Serena is Serena. There is no rule that you can apply to Serena. She has a body that is not anybody’s body. She has a will that is also completely unusual. She is one of a kind.”

Williams has been at Roland Garros this week to watch older sister Venus in action.

After Venus triumphed in a straight sets win over Japan’s Kurumi Nara, she accidentally revealed that Serena is expecting a baby girl.

“She’s going to call me ‘favourite aunt’,” she said.

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