Serena Williams reaffirms Olympics participation

WTA world number one Serena Williams says she is looking forward to the Rio Olympics despite health fears over the Zika virus.

The World Health Organisation says there is a “very low risk” of the virus spreading further due to the Games being held in Brazil this summer, with a plethora of big sporting names opting to miss the event as a result.

Golfer Rory McIlroy added himself to that list this week, but Serena Williams insists she has total confidence in the support staff the U.S. team will take with them to look after their athletes.

"Obviously it does (worry me),” she admitted to Reuters in London.

“The U.S. (team) has talked to all the athletes, they have been going through a lot of protocol to make sure everyone is okay and comfortable and if not there is no pressure to go.

"We are all looking forward to it and we are all worried about it but the athletes that are going are definitely taking the right precautions."