Five women to watch at the Australian Open

Five women to watch at the Australian Open

Kanepi, 33, is yet to progress beyond the third round of the Australian Open, though she has reached the quarter-finals twice at every other Grand Slam.

American tennis ace Serena Williams, who is eying to equal Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 major singles titles, has been handed over a tough draw in the upcoming Australian Open.

The 28-year-old Dane insists she can manage the debilitating auto-immune condition, which sometimes leaves her so exhausted she cannot raise her arms above her head.

In her Time interview, the rising star doesn't seem to be dwelling on last year's adversities as she prepares for what will most likely be the biggest challenge of her career. He expects her to be in the title mix going forward.

World number one Simona Halep, with a massive burden off her shoulders, will hope to go one better this year having lost the 2018 final to Caroline Wozniacki.

She has looked sharp at the Hopman Cup and maintained her 100% singles record even though Germany lost to Federer's Switzerland in the final.

And Evert, an 18-time slam victor who will be part of ESPN's coverage of the tournament, believes that ultimately Williams' hefty list of accomplishments will outweigh the few contentious moments in her glittering career. My mother was anxious and said if she was in my place she would stop and just enjoy life.

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"The first time I came back here and hit on the courts, I thought, 'Okay, I'm home.' I feel like these courts are suited for me, so it's incredible to be back".

Fourth seed and US Open champion Naomi Osaka starts her bid to claim back-to-back grand slam titles against Polish outsider Magda Linette.

Serena received a code violation for coaching, a penalty point for racquet abuse and a game penalty for calling the umpire a "liar" and a "thief" during the US Open final.

The world No. 1 suffered a shocking straight-sets loss to the experienced Kanepi in the opening round of the U.S. Open in August.

'After the final, we finished with the press around 10pm and they took me to doping control', said Halep at the Sydney International, where she starts her new season.

Serena Williams of the USA hits a backhand return during a training session in Melbourne on January 8, 2019, ahead of the Australian Open tennis tournament.

Murray, a five-time finalist at Melbourne Park, spent most of previous year recuperating from hip surgery and looked rusty last week in Brisbane, but declared himself pain free.

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