"We look forward to welcoming her and again go on that journey of breaking the all-time record for the most number of grand slams". In spite of being a tense family affair, it was an easy victory for Serena.
Her triumph in Australia past year saw her eclipse Steffi Graf's Open Era record of 22 titles.
The 23-time grand slam singles champion has since given birth to a daughter, Alexis Olympia, and Wednesday internet mogul Alexis Ohanian.
The tennis player is back in training but has still not made an official statement on her return.
But according to tournament director Craig Tiley, Williams has got her Visa, has officially entered the competition, and has already started practising for 2018.
"She wants to break a record that is Margaret Court's", added Tiley. It would be a pretty significant accomplishment for her to be able to do that, " he told the Herald-Sun newspaper.
"We will see how her body is reacting and how her tennis level is and we will take a decision regarding Australia", he said. I will be joining her soon in Florida.
The Australian Open will be held from January 15-28.
"We are expecting the AO Game to be a sell-out so we urge fans to get their tickets quickly and come along and enjoy a great day at the tennis, followed by a night at the basketball", said NBL chief Jeremy Loeliger.