17 Aug 2017

Serena to defend Australian Open title

7:02 am on 17 August 2017

Serena Williams aims to defend her Australian Open title next year just three months after she is expected to give birth to her first child.

Serena Williams.

Serena Williams. Photo: Getty

The 23-times grand slam winner announced her pregnancy in April and is not currently playing on the tour.

She would have about three months to prepare for next year's Australian Open tournament if she was to defend the title she won in Feburary.

"It's the most outrageous plan," Williams told Vogue magazine.

"I just want to put that out there. That's, like, three months after I give birth. I'm not walking anything back, but I'm just saying it's pretty intense.

"If I lose and I lose again, it's like, 'she's done'. Especially since I'm not 20 years old. I'll tell you this much: I won't win less. Either I win, or I don't play."

The American added that she could have a few new tricks up her sleeve after analysing her game on television over the last few months.

"I learn by watching. Or I watch old matches of myself on the Tennis Channel," she added.

"I hit amazing shots and these girls are running them down and hitting winners, and I'm beginning to see why. It's because I have patterns."

Williams is one grand slam shy of Australian Margaret Court's long-standing record of 24 major titles.

The 35-year-old is engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.