Serena Williams has confirmed her fitness ahead of the Australian Open.
Despite the new season being just that, the women’s top five have all had problematic lead-ups to the first major of 2016.
Simona Halep, Garbine Muguruza, Agnieszka Radwanska and Maria Sharapova have all been battling niggling problems that forced them out of various warm-up tournaments and it has been no different for Williams who was left with little choice but to withdraw from the Hopman Cup after a recurring knee problem flared up.
However, the six-time Australian Open champion insists that she has made a full recovery and is ready to compete in Melbourne.
“My body is feeling great now,” she said this week.
“Obviously I had a hiccup but right now it is doing much better. I’ve had a few days of training so it’s looking good.
“I know what I need to do on and off the court to win big tournaments.
“I don’t want to peak too soon, I look forward to getting out there.
Last year Roberta Vinci shattered Williams’ dream of a calendar-year Grand Slam in the semi-finals of the US Open. One can’t help but feel that if Williams gets off to the right start this year, thoughts of achieving the same feat might see her prioritise the majors and make less appearances elsewhere as she manages her knee problem.