Serena Williams, currently chasing after her fourth Australian Open title and 10the Grand slam title, faces a tough batch of opponents on her way to the prize. Her half of the women’s singles draw revealed that she will be facing sister Venus Williams and in-form Russian player Elena Dementieva, who had earlier crushed Williams during their final at the Sydney International held last Thursday.
This was also after a recent Australian injury that placed Serena’s chances of joining the Australian Open in question. Dementieva, along with Russians Dinara Safina and Svetlana Kuznetsova, is Serena’s main rival for this year’s Australian Open title. A potential quarter final with Kuznetsova is expected after Serena’s first match with Chinese player Meng Yuan.
This will be William’s first return to Sydney for the first time in seven years. Despite the tough draw, the 27-year old is optimistic about her chances. “I feel like I’m trying to improve on my game and get better. You know, I feel like I just want to continue to get better, so I haven’t reached my best yet,” she said.
Older sister Venus, on the other hand, will be starting her season with an event in Hongkong and kicking off her Australian campaign with a match against Angelique Kerber. Serena previously won her three other Australian Open titles in 2003, 2005, and 2007.