Serena Williams is targeting a comeback for the 2018 Australian Open despite only giving birth in September. Nick Kyrgios provides explanation for Shanghai walk-off The 23-time Grand Slam champion became a mum for the first time when giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia, having incredibly won in Melbourne while eight-weeks pregnant. Her first child’s initials are the same as the first Grand Slam of the year and Williams had previously outlined her plans to defend the title they won together – despite the tournament starting just four months after she gave birth. And Australian Open organisers confirmed she is still pushing to return to the WTA Tour in Melbourne Park. ‘Serena is a truly remarkable athlete and she’s hasn’t ruled out a return to the Australian Open,’ Tournament director Craig Tiley said. Serena beat Venus in the 2017 final (Picture: AFP/Getty) ‘The competitor that she is – she wants to win more than the 23 grand slam titles that she has. She was eight weeks pregnant when she played the Australian Open. Very few people knew that. ‘We have a special relationship with Serena, the Williams family, both her and Venus. She wants to come back in 2018 and defend her title. Obviously, at training now, there is several months to go. It will be up to her as far as where she is with her fitness. ‘Her baby’s initials are AO and she’s suggested she should also have her name on the 2017 trophy, so the AO is well and truly top of mind for her at the moment.