The three-time Grand Slam champion has been absent from the WTA Tour since August 2022 when she announced that she was expecting her first child. In February 2023, Kerber gave birth to her daughter Liana, and she has since been enjoying time away from the sport with her family.
However, in 2024, the former World No. 1 will launch her comeback, starting with the United Cup as part of Team Germany, before playing at the WTA 500 tournament in Adelaide on January 8.
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Kerber's history of success in Australia
In recent years, Kerber has achieved consistent success in Australia. She won the Australian Open and the Brisbane International in 2016, as well as having claimed the title at the Sydney Open in 2014 and 2018.
Osaka, who won the Slam in Melbourne in 2019 and 2021, announced her withdrawal from the 2023 Australian Open just days before the tournament began as she revealed that she was expecting her first child. She then gave birth to her daughter Shai in July of this year and has since been seen returning to training.
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Meanwhile, 2018 Australian Open champion Wozniacki initially retired from professional tennis in 2020 but returned in August of this year after having given birth to two children. She competed in Canada and Cincinnati before reaching the fourth round of the US Open.