A shock defeat to Italian Roberta Vinci in the US Open semifinals ended Serena Williams’ dream of a calendar grand slam last season. Williams is back in the Rod Laver Arena with more vigor and skill.
“I am 130 percent fit now.” Said the winner of 21-time-grandslam titles before taking on Camila Giorgi in the first round of the tournament. ” I actually wanted to have an easy day today. But to me, an easy day, but to me “an easy” day is two hours of intense work out.” The defending champion clarified and pictures of her taking a time-out during training in the social media raised questions on her fitness.
Last year little known American Madison Keys made all the way to the semifinals. Reigning Men’s champions Novak Djokovic doled out chocolates in the press conference. No man has won more titles in the Australian Open in the open era than the current World No 1.
“It’s what I have on a daily basis,” he explained of the chocolate-looking energy balls, “different super foods — and nuts and plant-based milk with cocoa and so forth. Pretty healthy stuff.”
Djokovic struggled earlier in the Melbourne Park due to heat, but won his first major here in 2008. 17-time major winner Roger Federer described Djokovic as the hot favorite to win the tournament.
The Serbian will kick off at the Rod Laver Arena Vs Chung Hyeon of South Korea on Monday after Serena’s game. The first day is expected to be scorcher as temperature may touch 35 degree Celsius.