Venus Williams arrives in Auckland, targets final
Venus Williams has set herself a target of making the final of next week's Auckland WTA tennis tournament.
The seven-time Grand Slam winner arrived in Auckland from Los Angeles today and said she felt good about the new season and about what she could achieve at the Classic.
"The other day I dreamed I had a win and I woke up and realised I hadn't even played a round," she said.
"I hope to go round by round and at least get to the finals – that would awesome."
Williams, 33, who has a world ranking of 47, said she had put in the hours over the off-season and hoped to reap the rewards from that in Auckland.
"[I did] a lot of hard work," she said. "I'm glad because now I get to play a match. I don't have to be on the court for five hours, so it's like a bonus.
"I feel like I'm coming into the season as fit and healthy as I have in many years, so for me that's exciting and I have a positive outlook.
"My goal is to be like Serena Williams!"
Having flown in from America, Williams crossed the international date line, which meant that she did not have a Boxing Day, and she joked that she was disappointed about missing out.
"I wasn't celebrating the holidays," she said. "I was on a plane on Christmas, so I missed a whole day; we missed the 26th.
"So I don't know where the 26th went – I can't find it."