Off to a fast start in 2015, Serena Williams is all smiles and completely healthy.
Serena Williams is in good health, which is noteworthy following her second half of 2014.
The world number one and top seed very publicly broke down with a virus while playing doubles with sister Venus at Wimbledon in June, and the problems did not stop there.
The younger Williams sister was forced to retire injured out of tournaments thereafter, including in Wuhan (virus) and Beijing (knee), but it did not stop her coasting to a US Open title in between.
However, the 33-year-old - speaking after her 7-5 6-0 victory over Vera Zvonareva at the Australian Open on Thursday - said she is healthy after two wins in Melbourne.
"I'm feeling better every day. I think in the beginning of the tournament every player feels a little sluggish; at least I do," the 18-time major winner said.
"Now I'm feeling like I'm starting to hopefully feel better."
On facing former world number two Zvonareva in the round of 64, Williams said that was all part of the challenge of grand slam tennis.
Zvonareva, due to inactivity caused by injury and illness, is ranked 203rd in the world.
"That's one thing about the grand Slams. you have to be ready for anyone at any stage," Williams said.
"Playing Vera is like, I had to get my mind like, 'Serena, this girl has been ranked as high as number two in the world, she's been on the tour and she's a very quality player, she knows what to do. She knows how to win'.
"I had to kind of snap into that."
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