Perth - World number one Serena Williams
will again launch her season at the Hopman Cup in Australia, tournament organisers
said on Wednesday.
Williams reached the final of the mixed
team event last year with American compatriot John Isner to kick off a superb
season where she won the Australian and French Opens and Wimbledon to take her
grand slam singles haul to 21.
"Perth definitely started something
quite amazing so I think it's only natural and fair and reasonable that I go
back to Perth," the 34-year-old said in a statement. "We were so
close to winning last year. I'm really excited to be back."
Williams added that the Hopman Cup was
excellent preparation for the Australian Open.
"In 2016 I want to play doubles in
Australia so it will be really exciting for me to get there, play some doubles
and get some little experience at the Hopman Cup," she said.
Williams has not played since suffering a
shock semi-final defeat to Italian Roberto Vinci at the US Open last month
which ended her bid for a rare calendar grand slam.
She pulled out of two events in China
earlier this month, we well as next week's WTA Finals in Singapore, citing the
need to rest after a year spent carrying injuries.
Williams will be joined in the Jan. 3-9
Hopman Cup field by Briton Andy Murray and controversial Australian Nick