"The championship is open in the sense there are so many great players", added the Australian-born Briton.
Entering as the No. 1 seed for the first time at a major and at a tournament where she's had back-to-back first-round exits, two-time French Open finalist Halep opens against teenage wild-card entry Destanee Aiava.
The dawning of a new tennis season has in past years triggered lots of confident predictions - whether it be the continued domination of Serena Williams or, in most seasons, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
"Look, I just think injuries can occur in one single moment when you come down from a serve".
The Australian Open 2018 will be played from 15 to 28 January in Melbourne in Australia.
"I still know what I'm capable of, and I believe in my own abilities to win against the best players in the world", Djokovic said.
Sloane Stephens, who made a stellar run to the U.S. Open title past year, agrees the Australian field is still extremely tough without Williams, a 23-time major victor.
A record 20th slam title could see him return to world number one, although Nadal only needs to reach the quarter-finals to hold onto that honour.
Kyrgios won his first home ATP Tour title at the Brisbane International and is looking to go further than a quarter-final appearance in Melbourne three years ago.
If Federer wins this year's tournament, he will be tied for the most Australian titles with Djokovic and Roy Emerson, who both have won six Australian Open titles.
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Stephens' rise to Grand Slam champion status played out like a fairytale, which earned her the 2017 WTA Comeback Player of the Year honors.
Yet few would be surprised if the tournament ends in a repeat of last year's final with Federer up against his great Spanish rival and top seed Rafa Nadal.
Djokovic had contested 51 consecutive Grand Slams until he missed last year's U.S. Open during his rehabilitation.
Serena Williams beat her older sister Venus Williams in the final to capture an Open era-record 23rd major here previous year but decided against defending her title because she didn't have enough time to recover from health issues after a complicated childbirth in September.
On the men's side, it's a couple of old guys-who played nothing like old guys in 2017-who stand as the two favorites: Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. "I hope to be healthy and competitive, and most important thing, I hope to enjoy tennis one more year".
He won all four of his matches against Nadal, but in his 37th year would be the last to take his fitness for granted.
And he reappears at Melbourne Park in a totally different context to 2017.
Can Nadal go one better than past year?
"I was able to practise as much as I've wanted to, which is good, which I didn't do at the US Open". I just need to know it's a long year.
"I'll be over the moon if I can play", he said.
Last year's course of events, though, should give even the most brazen of futurologists food for thought. Dimitrov, the world's No.3 seems to be intent, at 26, to become the player he has threatened to be since he was 20.
Knoxville man shoots police officer
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United Nations official Rupert Colville added "These are shocking and shameful comments from the President of the United States . Jeffress also said he was "grateful" to have Trump as president and thanked him for the "courage" to protect the U.S.
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The 66-year-old is now scheduled to leave the company in 2021, the fourth time the company postponed his planned retirement date. Oracle co-CEO Safra Catz and Illumina CEO Franis deSouza will join the board next month.
As a result, Goff finished with just 259 yards and one touchdown on 24-of-45 passing, and the Rams scored just 13 points. Moments like what the 2001 Sixers experienced when nobody gave them a chance to win a single game against the Lakers.
The network said rescuers were prevented from entering the crew living quarters by temperatures as high as 192 degrees. The stricken tanker, Sanchi , had drifted into Japan's exclusive economic zone and "suddenly ignited", reports said .
USA and other officials have complained that Iran's ballistic-missile program can easily be converted for nuclear use. The two sides exchanged opinions on a statement regarding to the Iran nuclear deal made by the United States .
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday wished the nation on the festivals of Makar Sakranti, Pongal, Magh Bihu and Uttarayan. Makar Sankranti denotes the transition of the sun into the zodiacal sign of Capricon ('Makara') on its celestial path.
Here's to hoping 2018 is crammed with all kinds of work on women's behalf that can fill Smith with pride. Though I never anticipated this moment, I am resolved to do everything I can to move Minnesota forward.
Several African leaders, ambassadors and different dignitaries have expressed shock and pain following President Trump's comments. Trump allegedly said after being presented with a proposal to restore protections for immigrants from the countries in question.
Six investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and thirteen have given a buy rating to the company's stock. It improved, as 43 investors sold MGM shares while 113 reduced holdings. 94 funds opened positions while 145 raised stakes.
Plane skids off Turkish runway metres from the sea
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Everton Kane'd at Wembley
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Aziz Ansari accused of sexual misconduct
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Ellen DeGeneres, Oprah Winfrey talk about deadly mudslides
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Trump 'privately defends vulgar comments on immigration'
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No. 17 Arizona outlasts Oregon
She made one of two free throws with 17 seconds to go as Arizona State's leading scorer, Robbi Ryan, fouled out. Oregon State had a 37-33 rebounding advantage and turned 14 offensive rebounds into 15 second-chance points.
South Africa off to steady start
But Ishant is the star of the second morning as he took two of the four wickets to fall today and finished with figures of 3/46. The surface at SuperSport Park was nothing like that, however, with slow bowler Ashwin the one to profit on the opening day.