Williams will be back in major action at the Australian Open, where she has another chance to tie Margaret Court's overall record of 24 grand slams.
"But also there's no doubt previous year, when you look at bigger picture, she came back from having a child, really nowhere near one hundred per cent fit, and she still managed to make the finals of Wimbledon and the US Open, which was incredible".
The 37-year-old has been drawn in world number one Simona Halep's section of the draw and will play her opening match of the tournament against Tatijana Maria of Germany.
Three-time Grand Slam champion Murray missed most of last season after hip surgery and has tumbled down the rankings to 230th. Nadal is looking to become the first man in the Open Era to win each of the 4 Grand Slam titles twice. "It's something that I clearly want but I have to be able to get there and beat a lot of good players to get it", the American said.
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The legacy of Serena Williams, who next week will compete in her first Grand Slam since her fiery clash with a U.S. Open umpire, will not be harmed by the infamous feud that tarnished the NY final, American great Chris Evert said on Wednesday. Regarding the controversial final against Osaka at Flushing Meadows - when she raged against umpire Carlos Ramos who imposed three code violations, the final one resulting in the loss of a game - Williams said she had put it put behind her and meant to "move on to bigger and better things".
Wozniacki also has a question mark over her fitness after the 28-year-old Dane revealed her battle with rheumatoid arthritis last October, but has since claimed that she has learnt to live with it. I feel at home here. "I'm trying to change it more, and I think I have".
But she fell foul of officials with the spandex compression garment outfit criticised by the French Tennis Federation president and subsequently banned at Roland Garros. The 21-year-old Japanese, however, had an inconsistent build up to the year's first grand slam. Two-time major champion and former number one Garbine Muguruza was another who had an injury-blighted 2018 which saw her drop out of the top 10.
She arrives as second favourite with the bookies behind Williams, and seems unfazed both by her stratospheric rise and by the prospect of the huge support she could receive at the Australian Open, often dubbed the Asia-Pacific Grand Slam.