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Serena '130 percent' fit, rules out surgery

AFP logoAFP 16-01-2016
Serena Williams of the US makes a return during a practice session ahead of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 16, 2016. AFP PHOTO / PAUL CROCK © Provided by AFP Serena Williams of the US makes a return during a practice session ahead of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 16, 2016. AFP PHOTO / PAUL CROCK

World number one Serena Williams ruled out surgery to fix a persistent knee problem as she declared herself "130 percent fit" on Saturday ahead of the Australian Open.

The 21-time Grand Slam champion, gunning for a seventh title at Melbourne Park, retired due to soreness in her left knee during a singles match on January 6 in Perth.

It was the 34-year-old's comeback after three months out as she battled knee issues which sparked fears that nearly 20 years on tour were finally taking their toll.

Williams appeared downbeat as she spoke to journalists but insisted all was well and surgery would not be needed anytime soon.

"No, it's actually really fine. I don't have any inflammation anymore," she said. "I'm at 120, 130 percent right now."

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