Despite being ranked outside the top 10, few would be fearless enough to count Williams out of the equation as she aims to equal Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles. Williams, seeded 16th this year, later gave birth to her daughter that year and skipped Melbourne while recovering from complications during birth. Yet she appears to have put the emotional turmoil experienced in NY behind her and is revelling in her status as standard bearer for the next generation of women's players.
"I think Osaka is reliable, I think she's gotten some matches in".
The Scot will not be seeded in Thursday's draw (from 07:00 GMT) for the opening Grand Slam of the year and so could face a top-ranked player in the first round.
"But there will be a side note that Serena has a lot of passion and that she has at times lost her cool on the courts, but I don't think for one minute it's going to tarnish her whole reputation".
"Osaka shines" The 21-year-old Osaka backed up her US Open win by riding a wave of fanatical home support to reach the final of the Pan-Pacific Open in Tokyo without dropping a set.
And Evert says the prospect of a fully fit Williams could strike fear into her rivals. "I enjoy Grand Slams the most", she said.
"She has had time off, she can really get away from tennis, before maybe not as much".
"Champions are greedy in the sense they want to keep racking up the grand slams".
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.
"I noticed she seems fitter, which is a scary thought".
He retired in the quarter-finals against Marin Cilic previous year in Melbourne and suffered yet another knee injury that forced him out of the US Open semi-finals before ankle surgery in November.
Former US Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe, brother of the legendary John and who will also be part of ESPN's Australian Open coverage, echoed Evert's sentiments. Williams reached the Wimbledon and US Open finals after her return past year but lost both, leaving her one short of Australian Margaret Court's tally of major singles titles.
Meanwhile on the trade talks, sources said the two sides were still far apart from USA demands for structural reforms in China. Europe, Japan and other trading partners echo USA complaints those violate Beijing's market-opening obligations.
Part of the investigation included viewing the surveillance cameras at the store where the ticket was purchased. His punt on a pre-Christmas payout paid off big time with the ticket winning him $US10 million ($14 million).
Marin Cilic , who lost last year's final to Federer, will begin his 2019 campaign against home hope Bernard Tomic. Halep has a tough opening encounter against Kaia Kanepi and a possible third rounder against Venus Williams .
They will have some help though, as National Basketball Association great Shaquille O'Neal has pledged to cover the funeral costs. The source reportedly later provided an Instagram account name linking police to "EB" AKA Eric Black Jr . directly for arrest.
EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said Wednesday that "the past weeks have not been Europe's finest hour". The 49 migrants were on two ships refused permission to dock by both Italy and Malta.
As all of you know by now, Jericho is fully on board with All Elite Wrestling after talks with WWE stalled. An odd choice at first glance, Zack Ryder has been a staple of WWE television for over a decade.
The billionaire executive and his novelist wife have four children; one daughter, who they adopted from China, and three sons. Nobody really knows what "loving exploration" is or why these two broke up, and quite frankly, they probably don't care.
Second repeating fast radio burst from space discovered
The search for FRBs has a simple motivation: so far, we have too few observations to settle on a cause for the phenomenon. While interesting, these new observations, he said, can not tell us about the nature of these sources-at least not yet.
Felix Tshisekedi: son, heir and president-elect
It is not immediately clear if Mr Fayulu, who led in polling and warned against electoral manipulation, will contest the results. Opposition candidate Martin Fayulu speaks to the press at his headquarters in Kinshasa, Congo , Jan. 10, 2019.
Kelly Manager For Threatening Victims Father
The R&B singer is allegedly holding Joycelyn Savage against her will, according to her family, though she denies the allegations. A Cook County State's Attorney representative said officials are "in the process of reviewing and following up on these calls".
Macron's Popularity Edges Up Even as Protesters Persist
Since the Yellow Vest demonstrations began, 5,600 were arrested and more than 1,000 were sentenced to prison, said Philippe. The proportion of people who declared themselves "very dissatisfied" by his leadership jumped by six points to 45 percent.