January 8, 2009

Serena arrives in Sydney

Serena Williams recovered from hamstring problem, will play in Sydney

WORLD No.2 Serena Williams has recovered from a hamstring injury and is ready to launch an assault for a fourth Australian Open crown. The nine-time grand slam winner, and the No.1 seed for the WTA Tour Medibank International in Sydney, gave herself the all clear when she arrived in Australia on Thursday. Williams, the reigning US Open champion, was scheduled to begin her year in the Hopman Cup in Perth, partnering James Blake, but she pulled out last month with a hamstring injury."I don't think I have any hammy (hamstring) problems," she said.". I'm good, yeah." Williams finished last season ranked behind Jelena Jankovic, having hit the top spot for four weeks, and she is planning another shot at the No.1 ranking."I'm close," Williams said."I'm just looking forward to playing in the tournament here."Williams, who won the Australian Open in 2007, 2005 and 2003, is returning to Sydney for the first time in seven years.

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