Serena Williams' record-tying Grand Slam road includes Naomi Osaka

Five women to watch at the Australian Open

Five women to watch at the Australian Open

She needs just one more Grand Slam title to sit tied with Margaret Court for the all-time lead at 24.

That loss left Williams, who also lost in the Wimbledon final previous year, short of matching Margaret Court's marker of 24 grand slam titles, a record the American has another chance of equalling in Melbourne over the next fortnight. "I see hunger and I see boldness", 18-times major singles champion Evert said in a conference call looking ahead to the Australian Open.

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.

The shock diagnosis came after Wozniacki had returned to number one and taken her WTA tour title tally to 30 with victories not only in Melbourne, but also Eastbourne and Beijing.

Halep, however, may be reluctant to look beyond the first round, having drawn her U.S. Open nemesis Kaia Kanepi.

Defending champion and third-seeded Caroline Wozniacki, who claimed her first major title a year ago by beating Halep in the final of the Australian Open, will start the defense of her title against Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium.

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Angelique Kerber of Germany celebrates defeating Belinda Bencic of Switzerland in the women's singles final during day eight of the 2019 Hopman Cup at RAC Arena on January 05, 2019 in Perth, Australia.

With her powerful groundstrokes and potent serve the quick Melbourne courts are likely to suit her style and American great Evert is looking forward to watching her progress as part of broadcaster ESPN's coverage team. "I enjoy Grand Slams the most", she said before last week's Brisbane International.

In an interview with TIME's Sean Gregory, the 21-year-old said she wouldn't change anything that happened in her win against Serena Williams last September, when the Japanese-born player earned her first Grand Slam title under a wave of boos from the crowd in Flushing Meadows.

"I never feel pressure to perform".

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.

Serena Williams of the USA hits a backhand return during a training session in Melbourne on January 8, 2019, ahead of the Australian Open tennis tournament. "I think keeping them a bit of a secret helps me do the best I can".

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