EDITORIAL

Serena Williams' return to the ASB Classic in 2020 came as a significant surprise when announced this week, but the reaction the tennis great will receive when she steps on centre court will be far more predictable.

Williams exited the tournament in dramatic fashion on her debut in 2017, suffering an infamous second-round defeat to unheralded American Madison Brengle as she made a career-high 88 errors on a blustery day.

Afterwards, Williams hit out at the tournament, leaving the Auckland event in dramatic fashion as she lambasted the windy conditions.

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"I would say it's my least favourite conditions I've