SERENA WILLIAMS will compete at the AUSTRALIAN OPEN in January, according to the tournament director CRAIG TILEY.

The 23-time grand slam winner has returned to training according to a post on her social media and will be looking forward to equalling MARGARET COURT record of 24 grand slams when the tournament opens in Melbourne Australia in January.

The 36-year-old, seven time AUSTRALIAN OPEN champion won the 2017 event while in the early weeks of pregnancy and gave birth to a daughter in September.