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Serena not under pressure ahead of Australian Open


Updated: January 12, 2013, 8:53 PM IST
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Serena not under pressure ahead of Australian Open
The five-time Australian Open winner also refused to tip herself as a red-hot favourite for the tournament starting Monday.

Melbourne: As the hot favourite for the women's title at Australian Open, tennis great Serena Williams is simply enjoying being "in the moment".

"I get asked that all the time, but I feel like I'm just in the moment right now," Williams was quoted as saying by Xinhua. "For this moment, I'm playing well."

Williams has 15 Grand Slam titles to her name, including five Australian Open crowns, a record second only to Margaret Court's 11 titles. Given Williams' recent form in the majors, the quest for a calendar year Grand Slam is very much in play in 2013.

"That's an incredible goal. It hasn't been done since the '80s," said Williams. "I don't know if I can do it. Maybe someone else can. We'll see."

As the reigning Wimbledon and US Open champion, achieving that feat would means winning six Grand Slam titles in a row.

Williams comes into Australian Open with the Brisbane title already under her belt, but doesn't see herself as a clear favourite in Melbourne.

"I don't think like that," she said. "I feel like I have to win seven matches. Everyone in this draw has to win seven matches. They have the same opportunity to do it as I do."

First Published: January 12, 2013, 8:53 PM IST
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