Serena Williams was “super confident” her injured shoulder will hold up for the Australian Open on Saturday (February 6) and said she feels more relaxed about the “burden” of bidding for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title.
Williams, a seven-times champion at Melbourne Park, pulled out of the warmup Yarra Valley Classic on Friday (February 5), robbing the tournament of a marquee semi-final with world number one and home hero Ash Barty.
The American great said she would have to manage her shoulder through the Australian Open but was feeling “pretty good.”
Williams, who opens her tournament against unseeded German Laura Siegemund, won the last of her 23 Grand Slam titles four years ago at Melbourne Park when in the early stages of pregnancy.
Despite making four Grand Slam finals since motherhood, the 39-year-old remains one short of Margaret Court’s all-time record.
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