Published: Fri, December 07, 2018
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All top-ranked players on final entry list for Australian Open

All top-ranked players on final entry list for Australian Open

The top Croatian tennis players will fight in the first Grand Slam tournament of the 2019 season - the Australian Open.

The organizers of the Australian Open announced that one of the participants in their women's tournament will be the former first racket of the world Serena Williams, reports Eusosport. Her daughter Alexis Olympia was born in the following September after her win. The 2017 Australian Open win was the 23rd individual Grand Slam title for Williams.

Australian Open held in Melbourne during the period 14-27 January. Australian Open 2019 will become the 107 edition of the Australian Open and the 51 in the Open Era as well as the first Grand Slam of the year.

Despite boasting seven players in the top 50, Australia's only Open singles seed will be Barty and possibly de Minaur if he can defend semi-final rankings points in Brisbane.

The 2019 Australian Open is considered the strongest tournament yet as officials could not recall the last time both the men's and women's top 100 players would participate in the opening tournament.

The 31-year-old Scot has entered the tournament with his protected ranking of number two after sliding down to 259th in the world in the wake of surgery on his injured joint.

Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki are the singles defending champions.

Reigning champion, Roger Federer, will be gunning for a record seventh men's single crown from January 14-27, while Caroline Wozniacki will embark on her maiden grand slam title defense at Melbourne Park.

"It's always special to see our defending champions - Caroline had her first Grand Slam win here previous year so will be keen to start 2019 on a high", said Tiley.

In the aftermath, Roger Federer said Williams "went too far".

"I've been in touch with Rafa and he's back to full fitness after cutting his season short after Paris and can't wait to arrive in Australia", he added.

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