Melbourne - Serena Williams is ready to tackle the Australian Open in less than a week, with the world number one saying her knee problems are getting better by the day.
"My body is feeling great now," the 34-year-old told Melbourne's Herald Sun. "Obviously I had a hiccup but right now it is doing much better. I've had a few days of training so it's looking good."
The six-time Australian Open winner was forced to quit last week's Hopman Cup in Perth after playing just one set due to inflammation caused by bone-on-bone contact.
But Williams told the Herald Sun she was "ready for it".
Williams went through training Monday before hothouse 35 Celsius temperatures kicked in at Melbourne Park.
"We (players) are all out there killing it. I just need to make sure I'm totally relaxed and at ease. It all comes natural after that.
"I know what I need to do on and off the court to win big tournaments. That is what I like to do."