Serena Williams Faces Tough Draw in Australian Open

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Serena Williams warms up for record-equalling grand slam attempt

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". But Williams is in a tough half of the draw and could meet world number one Simona Halep in round four, and if she gets through that Karolina Pliskova in the last eight.

It was an incident that overshadowed Naomi Osaka's maiden grand slam triumph and split opinion among fans and pundits alike.

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'm trying to change it more, and I think I have". If Novak Djokovic wins he'll pass Pete Sampras' total of 15 Grand Slam singles titles and move him to 3rd on the all time list behind Federer (20) and Nadal (17).

The 37-year-old, seeded third, is bidding to extend his all-time leading men's Grand Slam record to 21 title and would capture a 100th ATP tournament win in the process. He would also become the youngest Grand Slam champion since Del Potro won the title at the 2009 US Open aged 20 years 355 days. "Maybe she has it even more now that she is a working mother", Evert said.

"I think she's fresh that's one thing, but everyone else is fresh too", said Evert. "I actually still really love her". I have nothing against her or anything. Wozniacki, ranked three, started last season by winning her first Grand Slam in Melbourne and returning to world number one, but ended it in October with the bombshell announcement that she had been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.

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Last year's semi-finalist Kyle Edmund looms as a possible fourth round match-up for the Spaniard, who could then face big-serving Kevin Anderson in the quarter-finals.

Fellow American great Chris Evert said the shadow of the US Open final controversy would not hang over Williams' career.

"There's no doubt that was a negative but there's no doubt that also a year ago when you look at the bigger picture, the fact that she came back from having a child she was really nowhere near 100 percent and she still made the finals of Wimbledon and the US Open was incredible".

"She seems to have put it past her which is great for her".

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