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Australian Open 2019: Serena shoots for Grand Slam history

11 January, 2019, 09:07 | Author: Candice Daniels
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The Australian Open 2019 is the first Grand Slam of the year and a chance to see if your favourite players are performing at the highest level.

"The fact that she dominated for so long and could break the record of Grand Slams I think that will overshadow everything at the end of the day", former world number one Evert, who will be part of ESPN's coverage of the Australian Open, told a conference call.

Regarding the controversial final against Osaka at Flushing Meadows - when she raged against umpire Carlos Ramos who imposed three code violations, the final one resulting in the loss of a game - Williams said she had put it put behind her and meant to "move on to bigger and better things". "That was disappointing what happened in NY but overall I am really looking forward to seeing her back on the court this year and see if she can win another major or two".

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In a new video for Allure, the 23-time Grand Slam champ demonstrated her skills as a manicurist, creating tennis-inspired nail art for a lucky model.

The 37-year-old has been drawn in world number one Simona Halep's section of the draw and will play her opening match of the tournament against Tatijana Maria of Germany.

Wozniacki, 28, says the debilitating auto-immune condition is so bad that on some days "I wake up and can't lift my hands over my head".

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The 31-year-old went into a bewildering slump in mid-2016 that only ended when he won Wimbledon last year, before he went on to claim his third US Open crown and move to 14 grand slam titles, three behind Rafa Nadal. "I enjoy Grand Slams the most", she said before last week's Brisbane International. But coming from Constanta [her home city], from nowhere, and becoming the best, is pretty huge for a Romanian, and for me as a person.

In a heated verbal exchange, Williams branded the umpire a "thief" and a "liar" - a clash that resulted in the American being docked an entire game penalty after she had already received three code violations.

"It truly makes me excited for what's ahead in 2019", she said.

The Australian Open could be a return to normalcy for tennis, or it could simply reiterate that the new age is here to stay.

In her comeback year, she reached the finals of both Wimbledon and the US Open.

In the women's tournament, Serena Williams's bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title and eighth at Melbourne Park will kick off against German world number 71 Tatjana Maria.

"I always have insane big goals but I like to keep them to myself".

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