SMASH­ING SER­ENA

CHAMP HITS TOWN

Sunday Herald Sun - - Front Page - LAUREN WOOD

SIX-TIME Aus­tralian Open cham­pion Ser­ena Wil­liams has hit town and wasted no time in sharp­en­ing her wares on the tour­na­ment’s show­case court.

Wil­liams, 35, crashed out of the Auck­land Clas­sic this week and headed straight to Melbourne, hit­ting Rod Laver Arena yes­ter­day morn­ing.

As tem­per­a­tures in the Melbourne Park precinct hov­ered around 30C, Wil­liams worked strongly un­der the watch­ful eye of coach Pa­trick Mouratoglou.

Should the Amer­i­can pre­vail, she will equal the all­time Aus­tralian Open ti­tles record of seven, held by Aus­tralian Mar­garet Court.

The world No.2 said this week that she had been plan­ning to “go back to the draw­ing board” fol­low­ing the shock and er­ror-rid­dled loss.

Wil­liams lost last year’s fi­nal to An­gelique Ker­ber.

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