11 Jan 2009

Williams full of confidence ahead of first slam

4:37 pm on 11 January 2009

The American world tennis number six Venus Williams is full of confidence ahead of the first grand slam of the year.

Williams has beaten Russia's world number seven Vera Zvonareva 6-2 6-2 to win the World Team Challenge in Hong Kong for the Americas, after earlier in the week defeating world number one Jelena Jankovic by the same scoreline.

Williams says it's definitely a great way to start the year with wins against such talented players.

The seven-time grand slam champion says her plan in the run-up to the Australian Open, which she has never won, was to keep training and obviously take in a positive outlook.