Serena Has Entered Aussie Open -Craig Tiley

The 23-time grand slam winner has not played since lifting the title in Melbourne last January

The tennis star took a break afterwards as she came to know during the tournament that she was pregnant, and gave birth to a daughter named Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. on September 1, 2017.

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Now ranked No.22 in the world, Williams told CNN in July she was intending to return to tennis - echoing the words of her spokespeople - and if the American does show up in Melbourne, it would come about four-and-a-half months after she gave birth.

Tiley insists her return is "very likely" with just over a month go go until the start of the tournament.

He told the Herald Sun: 'She's got her visa, she's entered, she's practising and she's probably just got to find a bit more space for a bigger entourage.

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"There's no question she'll be ready in our view", Tiley said, according to BBC Sport.

"We'd be pretty excited about the possibility (of her coming)", he added.

Williams, who has won the Australian Open seven times, has posted on social media that she has returned to training.

She has not played competitively since Melbourne, raising questions over whether the 23-time Slam victor would attempt to defend her title next month and equal Australian Margaret Court's singles record of 24 major titles.

The Australian Open runs from January 15-28 with the Melbourne-Cairns showdown on the 24th.