Williams to defend her title at Melbourne Park
The four-time Australian Open champion Serena Williams is free to defend her title at Melbourne Park in January.
Following her ban for verbally abusing a line judge in September's US Open semi final against Clijsters, the world No. 1 Serena Williams has recently been told she will be allowed to take part in the 2010 Australian Open.
The IFT (International Tennis Federation) found Serena had committed a ‘major offence', which included ‘aggravated behavior' and she received a record $82,500 fine and a suspended ban for her outburst."
Williams faces a possible further suspension and an increased ban, should she commit a ‘major conduct violation' at any Grand Slam event in 2010 or 2011.
"But, if she does not have another offence in the next two years, the suspension is lifted" explained Grand Slam Administrator Bill Babcock.
Williams - 11/4 for the win in Australia - is clearly pleased to be able to compete in this, the first of the 2010 season's Grand Slam events and at this point in time, she is able and ready to defend her crown.
"I am thankful that we now have closure on the incident and we can all move forward," said the 2009 world No. 1.
"I am back in training in preparation for next season and I continue to be grateful for all of the support from my fans and the tennis community."
"I look forward to seeing so many of my Australian fans in Sydney."
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