Highlights as Kecmanovic beats Quinzi in Australian Open qualifier

Highlights as Kecmanovic beats Quinzi in Australian Open qualifier

The first Grand Slam of 2019 sees world number one Novak Djokovic aiming for his third consecutive slam title, and seventh Australian Open.

That loss left Williams, who also lost in the Wimbledon final past year, short of matching Margaret Court's marker of 24 grand slam titles, a record the American has another chance of equalling in Melbourne over the next fortnight.

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Wozniacki also has a question mark over her fitness after the 28-year-old Dane revealed her battle with rheumatoid arthritis last October, but has since claimed that she has learnt to live with it. He expects her to be in the title mix going forward.

Simona Halep will get an opportunity for revenge against Kaia Kanepi when they meet again in the first round of the Australian Open.

Williams, who is seeded 16 for the tournament in Melbourne after reaching the past two grand slam finals, will play her first tour match since the defeat by Osaka when she takes on Maria on Tuesday having prepared for the Australian Open with three successive singles victories in the Hopman Cup.

"It's yet another chapter in the incredible story of Serena Williams", ESPN tennis analyst and former professional Patrick McEnroe said about Williams' U.S. Open episode.

Osaka suffered a straight-sets loss to Lesia Tsurenko in the semi-final of the Brisbane International and withdrew from the Sydney International in frustration.

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"I have no reason to believe that Sabalenka will not win more than one Grand Slam. Why?"

"I never feel pressure to perform".

He would also become the youngest Grand Slam champion since Del Potro won the title at the 2009 US Open aged 20 years 355 days.

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

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.

Williams missed the chance to equal the record in both the Wimbledon and US Open finals last season and says she is now avoiding focusing on the numbers.

"I noticed she seems fitter, which is a scary thought".

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

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