Williams and Wozniacki arrive Down Under

Last updated 12:23 28/12/2012
Caroline Wozniacki
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SLEEPING BEAUTY: Caroline Wozniacki in first round Australian Open action.

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Tennis superstars Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki have arrived in Australia to open their summer campaigns at the Brisbane International.

Chasing her sixth Australian Open crown, Williams says her foot is fine after suffering a minor setback last week, while Wozniacki landed at Brisbane airport with her top-ranked golfer boyfriend Rory McIlroy.

Williams, fresh off the most dominant season in women's tennis in a decade, had to withdraw from an exhibition match in Thailand due to recent surgery.

But the 15-times major winner quickly dismissed any concerns about her fitness.

"It feels great to be back in Brisbane," Williams said. "The foot is better. It is really good. It's come through fine."

The 31-year-old amassed seven titles, including the golden treble at Wimbledon, the US Open and Olympics, in a spectacular 2012 and will arrive in Melbourne as hot favourite to reign once again at the Open starting on January 13.

Despite her long-haul flight, the American diva was looking as stylish as ever in her dark designer sunglasses upon arrival.

Wozniacki, who climbed back into the world's top 10 with a late-season surge, arrived shortly after Williams no doubt armed not only with McIlroy but also renewed confidence after her successes in Seoul and Moscow.

The Brisbane International starts on Sunday with eight of the world's top 10 women's players competing, including big local hope Samantha Stosur.

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