Australian Open : History beckons as Serena shoots for Slam history

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"But being number one is something you should embrace and be proud of".

Both have six titles, and are seeking to break a three-way tie for the most victories with Australia's Roy Emerson. He expects her to be in the title mix going forward. "Just why", Zverev asked jokingly of Federer at the Hopman Cup trophy presentation.

In a new video for Allure, the 23-time Grand Slam champ demonstrated her skills as a manicurist, creating tennis-inspired nail art for a lucky model. By winning here a year ago, Federer joined Laver and Ken Rosewall at the top of the list for most Grand Slam titles won after turning 30.

"I always have tried to remind myself that this is a dream", Federer said of his longevity at the draw ceremony held at Margaret Court Arena, where he discovered the world number 99 would be his opening opponent.

Despite being ranked outside the top 10, few would be courageous 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.

Serena Williams, the 16th seed, will take on Tatjana Maria in her first match of the year's first Grand Slam tournament.

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The 37-year-old has not played a competitive match since the final at Flushing Meadows, where she was involved in an ugly row with Carlos Ramos, called the umpire a "liar" and a "thief" after she was penalised with a game penalty following code violations for on-court coaching, racket abuse and verbal abuse.

World No. 1 Simona Halep of Romania comes into the tournament under a fitness cloud after a nagging back injury curtailed her 2018 season. "That was disappointing what happened in NY but overall I am really looking forward to seeing her back on the court this year and see if she can win another major or two".

Kanepi, 33, is yet to progress beyond the third round of the Australian Open, though she has reached the quarter-finals twice at every other Grand Slam.

Kerber beat Wiliams in the Wimbledon final to become the first German woman to win the grass court title since Steffi Graf in 1996.

Williams also drew censure from tennis officials for her clothing in 2018. The 21-year-old Japanese, however, had an inconsistent build up to the year's first grand slam.

She warmed up for Melbourne by making the semi-finals of the Brisbane International last week, where she blamed a poor attitude for losing to Lesia Tsurenko.

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