Asked where she feels she will have the best chance to claim a 24th major, Williams said: “Right now would be Roland Garros because that's the next one, the next Grand Slam for me. But, yeah, I mean, 22 is close, 23 wasn't close, but 22 was close for a long time. 18 was close forever. Yeah, we'll see.”
Australia’s Ashleigh Barty has positioned herself as one of the young players to watch this season as the 22-year-old sent out a statement of intent with her runner-up showing in Sydney, and her maiden Grand Slam quarter-final appearance at the Australian Open. The Queenslander is up to a career-high ranking of 14 and will no doubt be a force to be reckoned with this season.
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American teen Amanda Anisimova got to showcase her talent on the big stage in Melbourne, reaching her first Grand Slam fourth round, in what was just her third major main draw appearance. The 17-year-old Anisimova took out title contender Sabalenka in the third round before falling to Kvitova, and has moved up 26 spots in the rankings as a result, to a career-high 61.
Young players like 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, and last year’s Indian Wells runner-up Daria Kasatkina will have to recover from a slow start to their 2019 campaigns, especially with the likes of Osaka, Barty, Sabalenka and Anisimova leading the way for the 22-and-under age group in the opening month of the year.
Halep told reporters in Melbourne that she plans on fighting to return to the top spot, and it looks like her search for a coach might be ending soon with rumours flying about a potential partnership with David Goffin’s former coach Thierry van Cleemput.