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Williams bracing herself for Melbourne heat

English.news.cn   2014-01-11 15:57:08            

Serena Williams of the United States reacts during the news conference ahead of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, Jan. 11, 2014. (Xinhua/Li Peng)

MELBOURNE, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- Serena Williams' goals for the upcoming Australian Open are simple: stay on feet and stop complaining about the weather.

Temperature in Melbourne have been unseasonably cool in the week leading up to the tournament but are expected to climb into 33 degrees when the world No. 1 takes the court on Monday for her first-round match against Australia's Ashleigh Barty.

"The cool weather has been putting me in a really bad mood. But then it got really, really hot," said Williams in her pre-tournament press conference. "I was very sad that I complained, so I won't complain any more about the weather."

Williams comes into Melbourne as the favourite to capture her sixth Australian Open title and 18th Grand Slam overall after going 78-4 and won 11 titles in 2013. She would be matching Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert in terms of number of Grand Slam titles if she crowns herself after two weeks.

"It would mean a lot to be on the same level as such great players as Chris Evert and Narvatilova," said the 32-year-old. "But I still have a lot of work to do. I obviously want to be able to reach that level, but I'm not there yet. Hopefully I'll get there."

Editor: Mengjie
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