Williams has lost only one match since her first-round exit at the French Open last year. Since then, she has won the Wimbledon, Olympic, U.S. Open, season-ending championship and Brisbane International titles.
The player reportedly met Sir Alex Ferguson in a London hotel on Sunday night to discuss the move. There is a possibility that he might return to Palace for the rest of the season on a loan deal, but that detail is still to be worked out.
David Villa could be the latest in a long line of some of the world's best scoring talent that hasn't been able to remake himself into another cog of Barcelona's well-tuned scoring machine built around Lionel Messi.
Umpires Marais Erasmus of South Africa and Paul Reiffel of Australia made the decision to call off the match early in the second innings after a spell of rain left the outfield at the Sydney Cricket Ground damp and slippery.
Tsonga, who lost the 2008 Australian Open final to Novak Djokovic, would meet Federer in the final eight if the 17-time Grand Slam singles winner beats Milos Raonic of Canada in a fourth-round match later Monday at Rod Laver Arena.
It was a courageous win by Kuznetsova, who at 75 is the lowest ranked player left in the tournament after an injury to her right knee forced her to miss a big chunk of 2012, spending two months on crutches.
Chelsea's old guard demonstrated that they still have plenty to offer the club on Sunday with left back Ashley Cole signing a new contract and Frank Lampard scoring his 195th goal since arriving at Stamford Bridge.
Defending champion Novak Djokovic fought an epic five hour battle against 15th-seeded, Stanislas Wawrinka in a pulsating fourth-round clash to advance to the quarter-finals of the Australian Open. Images from the match.