'I love starting my year here' – Tennis superstar Caroline Wozniacki arrives in Auckland

Tennis superstar Caroline Wozniacki has touched down in Auckland, as she bids to start her year with a victory at next week's ASB Classic.

Wozniacki, 27, arrives back in New Zealand for the second year running, having competed in the 2017 edition of the tournament.

Speaking to media upon her arrival, Wozniacki said that she was thrilled to be back in the city of sails.

"It's great, I love starting my year here," she said.

"It's great to be back and hopefully it's going to be a good week for me."

The former world number one will headline next week's ASB Classic. Source: 1 NEWS


'The tournament I look forward to most' – Hometown tennis hero Michael Venus ecstatic before Auckland return

Kiwi tennis star Michael Venus has spoken about his excitement at returning to the ASB Classic, having been seeded second for the doubles tournament.

Venus, 30, has enjoyed a stellar run in 2017, winning the French Open doubles crown at Roland Garros, while finishing runner up at the US Open at Flushing Meadows.

Speaking to 1 NEWS today, Venus couldn't hide his delight at returning to his hometown tournament.

"This is the tournament I look forward to the most throughout the year," he said.

"I still look back on all the other years I've played here. When you're walking out here and you get a big round of applause and see familiar faces in the stands, its gets you really excited too."

"Really looking forward to the opportunity ahead."

However, Venus said that he and partner South Africa's Raven Klassen will have their work cut out for them, despite their high seeding.

"To be able to be seeded here on top of that, it's great - but everyone in there's a good player. It's just a number next to our names."

"We're going to have to play well."

Venus has been seeded second for doubles at the ASB Classic. Source: 1 NEWS



Serena Williams to return to tennis after nearly one year off the court

Serena Williams will return to competitive tennis next week after nearly one year off the court.

The American will play an exhibition match at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi on 30 December (local time).

Williams, who has won 23 Grand Slams, hasn't played since winning the Australian Open in January.

In September, the 36-year-old gave birth to her daughter Alexis Olymphia Ohanian.

Williams is "very unlikely" to play in this season's Australian Open (starting January 15), tournament director Craig Tilley, BBC reports.

Serena Williams (USA) def Venus Williams (USA)
Serena Williams. Source: Photosport