Serena teases return on Instagram

Serena Williams is teasing her return to tennis on social media, leaving her fans excited and her rivals quaking in their boots.

The former World No 1 shared a cryptic Instagram post with her seven million followers on Monday, although the meaning was probably clear enough.

Next to a picture of herself sporting some shiny new gold Nike tennis shoes, Williams wrote: “Be excited. Be very excited…”

Be excited. Be very excited….

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While she may just be sharing her excitement over her new shoes, more than likely Williams is teasing her imminent return to tennis after taking most of 2017 off for the birth of her first child.

The American looks set to return to action at the 2018 Australian Open, and is expected to pose an immediate threat as she defends her title.