Serena Firing Heading In Australian Open

Serena Williams is coming into the first grand slam of the year in perfect condition after taking out the Brisbane International. 

Robert Whiteby Robert White

Serena Williams is back to her world best form after claiming another WTA championship. There should be no player more feared heading into the Australian Open.

Williams’ win at the Brisbane International, her 47th WTA singles title, came against Russian friend Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in dominant fashion, 6-2 6-1.

The 31-year-old is playing at her best; her serves reached speeds of 191km/h and her returns were equally as scary and in the end her impressive young opponent, ten years her junior, didn’t have the juice to make this one a competitive match. Serena’s play bordered on the unstoppable and at one point went on a seven-game run from the middle of the first set

There may not be a more dangerous player heading into the first grand slam of the year- Williams has won 35 of her past 36 matches, a feat which includes Wimbledon, the US Open, the Olympics and a host of WTA events to close out 2012. Featuring eight of the top ten ranked female players, Brisbane was a perfect way to prepare for the Aussie Open and even though Pavlyuchenkova kneeled fairly easily on Saturday, she has been one of the tournament’s best in taking out the likes of fourth seed Angelique Kerber and sixth seed Petra Kvitova on her way to the final.

If Williams is able to win another title at the Australian Open, starting next Saturday, she will reclaim the world No.1 spot.

Over in Perth, Spain was able to wrap up the Hopman Cup by upsetting Serbia in the final.

Fernando Verdasco wasn’t able to overcome Novak Djokovic, but Medina Garrigues provided the upset in the ladies singles with a 2hr 38mins, 6-4 6-7 (3) 6-2 defeat of former world No.1 Ana Ivanovic to tie the final 1-1.

The mixed doubles saw the Spainards win their fourth Hopman Cup 6-4 7-5 despite Garrigues playing through a painful back injury.

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