Serena eyes 'outrageous' Australian Open return
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[August 16, 2017]
(Reuters) - Serena Williams aims
to defend her Australian Open title next year, the American saying
the rapid return to action would only give her around three months
to prepare after giving birth to her first child.
The 23-times grand slam winner announced her pregnancy in April and
will be on maternity leave for the rest of the year. The 35-year-old
is engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.
"It's the most outrageous plan," Williams told Vogue magazine. "I
just want to put that out there. That's, like, three months after I
give birth. I'm not walking anything back, but I'm just saying it's
"If I lose and I lose again, it's like, 'she's done'. Especially
since I'm not 20 years old. I'll tell you this much: I won't win
less. Either I win, or I don't play."
The American added that she could have a few new tricks up her
sleeve after analyzing her game on television over the last few
"I learn by watching. Or I watch old matches of myself on the Tennis
Channel," she added.
"I hit amazing shots and these girls are running them down and
hitting winners, and I'm beginning to see why. It's because I have
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Serena Williams of the USA hits to Vania King of USA (not pictured)
on day four of the 2016 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie
Jean King National Tennis Center. Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports /
Reuters Picture Supplied by Action Images
Williams is one grand slam shy of Australian Margaret Court's
long-standing record of 24 major titles.
(Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru)
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