Serena Williams pursues record as fires play havoc with Australian Open

Monday, 20 Jan, 2020

The 38-year-old world number three, who has won six Australian Open titles, added: "We all care for one another".

The battle for the first Grand Slam title of the season starts on Monday in Melbourne, with five favorites to lift the trophy on February 2 and earn tennis glory and the record-breaking prize money.

Canadian Denis Shapovalov said the players had been "left in the dark", that it was "scary", and he said he would refuse to play if he felt the conditions were unsafe, regardless what the tournament says. "I would have taken one more Slam, and I was able to get three more - and three unbelievable ones". Some people can take more heat because they are used to it. "We just need to do more.' Because I feel like I hadn't gotten enough information". I went to them the first day when it was bad on Tuesday, the next day on Wednesday when it was still bad. I managed to get back, nearly win the match.

"Can I go on court and say, Everybody stop play?"

Yes, as nice as it was to hold the winners' trophy in Auckland - where Williams has already hit 88 direct errors in a loss to Madison Brengle - she didn't make the long journey to just thrive in New Zealand.

Although she has not gone beyond the semis here, she was the runners up during the 2017 US Open.

For Williams, however, one of the main contenders, Bianca Andreescu, is not in Melbourne due to another injury, this time to the knee.

She won her first Grand Slam title at the French Open past year and warmed-up for her home event in fine style by winning the Adelaide International yesterday.

Japan's Naomi Osaka, 22, is defending a title for the second Grand Slam in a row after her repeat bid at last year's US Open fell flat in the fourth round.

Former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki begins her last ever tournament during the morning session an the Melbourne Arena, while Sam Querrey and Madison Keys will fly the US flag at the 1573 Arena.

Romania's Wimbledon champion Simona Halep, the fourth seed, is another hoping for a third Grand Slam title and opens up against American Jennifer Brady.

"But at the same time, you know, there's some other higher goals that I have kind of as a driving force, I think, more than any other milestone, I guess".

Slovenian Dalila Jakupovic was forced to retire from her match after a distressing coughing fit, while Britain's Liam Broady claimed "multiple" players needed asthma medication.

"You could see", Williams said, "the relief on my face".

Australia's world number one will enjoy strong backing from the home crowd, but whether she thrives or shrinks in the spotlight will be key to her chances.

Federer: "It's exactly the tricky situation right now playing somebody who has just played a lot this week". "It's impressive what she does". I am here to play. The 39-year-old Venus Williams and 15-year-old Coco Gauff will meet in a rematch of their Wimbledon first-round encounter.

Djokovic, 32, credited the pre-eminence of the Big Three over so many years to each player motivating the others, turning their rivalries into the stuff of legend.

The Air Quality Rating (AQI) consists of five bands from one to five, "determined by analyzing concentrations of air pollutants at Melbourne Park and in particular, the fine particulate matter rating (PM2.5)".