Serena zips her lip after scorchers follow Melbourne shivers

Fri Jan 10, 2014 11:41pm EST
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By Ian Ransom

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - A subdued Serena Williams vowed never again to complain about Melbourne's changeable weather after her grumbles on an unseasonably chilly summer's day were followed by several days of scorching heat.

The world number one, and hot favorite to win her sixth title at Melbourne Park after a brilliant 2013, tweeted her disdain for the cold when arriving in Melbourne earlier this week from sub-tropical Brisbane.

Back down to a cool 20 degrees Celsius (68 Fahrenheit) on Saturday after several sweltering days, the heat is expected to return with a vengeance on Monday, when the Australian Open kicks off, and remain for much of the first week.

"(The cold's) been putting me in a really bad mood. But then it got really, really hot. I was very sad that I complained, so I don't complain any more about the weather," she smiled at reporters during her pre-tournament media conference.

"I'm not (looking forward to the heat). That's why I said I'm not going to complain any more. I should have kept my mouth quiet and dealt with the cold weather.

"I shiver, then I just stay indoors. I travel with a blanket. If I go out to eat, I just always take my blanket with me."

Williams, who like many of the world's top players calls balmy Florida home, prepared for Melbourne Park with a dominant defense of her Brisbane International title, where she defeated Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka, the players rated her two biggest obstacles to an 18th grand slam title.

Winning at Melbourne Park would see her join Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova with 18 grand slam singles crowns.   Continued...

Serena Williams of the U.S. holds up the Brisbane International trophy after defeating Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in the women's singles final in Brisbane, January 4, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Reed