Sport Halep excited for Serena Williams' 2018 return

20:45  07 december  2017
20:45  07 december  2017 Source:   Omnisport

Coach gives update on Serena Williams and her 2018 Australian Open participation

  Coach gives update on Serena Williams and her 2018 Australian Open participation Serena Williams' coach Patrick Mouratoglou has given an update on the 23-time Grand Slam winner and whether she will be returning to tennis action at the 2018 Australian Open. Williams emerged victorious at the 2017 Australian Open earlier this year when she defeated her sister Venus in the final to win her 23rd Grand Slam.Following her win in Melbourne, the American suffered a knee injury which saw her withdraw from Indian Wells before she eventually took time off from tennis after revealing that she was 20 weeks pregnant in April.

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Serena Williams intends to return to tennis in 2018 after her pregnancy was confirmed late on Wednesday night. We are so happy and we know @ serenawilliams will be a great mother.'

simonahalep - cropped: World number one Simona Halep © Provided by Omnisport World number one Simona Halep

Simona Halep says the return of Serena Williams in 2018 will be a big boost for the WTA Tour.

Williams, the 23-time grand slam champion, has not featured since lifting the Australian Open title in January, a feat she did while being two months pregnant.

The American has since given birth to daughter Alexis Olympia.

She will return to action in 2018 – although exactly when remains unclear – and Halep is looking forward to competing with her again despite Williams' dominance in recent years.

"I think we miss her. In my opinion, I miss her," she told Omnisport, speaking courtesy of Hublot.

"The tournaments were more open when she was not playing. But now that she is coming back, I think it's great for the sport.

"It shows that she's very ambitious and she has a big desire to play tennis again, which is great. I'll always admire her."

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Olympic skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold has been backed to deliver at the 2018 Winter Games despite an underwhelming start to the season. Amy Williams, Yarnold's predecessor as Olympic champion, reckons the 29-year-old is capable of becoming the first athlete to win skeleton medals at successive Games.It was an achievement which was beyond Williams, who won skeleton gold in Vancouver in 2010, as she had to retire before Yarnold succeeded her as champion four years later in Sochi."There's never been an athlete that's won two medals in our sport," Williams told Press Association Sport."That's what's firing Lizzy.

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