Auckland, New Zealand (4E Sports) – Tennis star Venus Williams arrived at Auckland airport this morning for the ASB Classic, which she’s scheduled to play in next week.
Willams said she was ready to hit the courts and hopes to go round by round and at least get to the finals.
“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,” she said.
Williams said she had missed out on celebrating Christmas because she was flying.
“I missed a whole day, we missed the 26th, so I don’t know where the 26th went, we can’t find it,” she said.
It is Willaim’s first time playing in New Zealand and will play her first match in almost four months.
The former world number one had taken some time off at the end of 2013 to rest. She has dropped to 47th in the world after battling health issues in recent years.
The seven-time Grand slam singles winner said her goal is to be like her sister Serena Williams, the current number one women’s tenis player.
She told reporters outside Auckland International Airport that she dreamed of winning the ASB Classic only to wake up and realize she hadn’t even played a round.
“So it was like, ‘oh man’,” she added, laughing.