Williams: I made the right call

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal pose for photos after Australian Open final

Serena Williams believes that her first round performance at the Australian Open showed that her decision to withdraw from the Hopman Cup was the right one.

The world number one pulled out of the team event in Perth due to a knee injury, and instead spent her build-up to the year’s first grand slam recuperating.

Williams was in good form on Monday when she dispatched of Camila Giorgi 6-4, 7-5 on the Rod Laver Arena as she began the defence of her title.

Speaking after the match, Williams was happy that she had made the right call in pulling out of the warm-up event. Asked whether the decision had helped her, Williams responded: “Yeah, probably. I would have never pulled out if I didn’t need to, and it was just a last-minute decision.

“I even tried to play a match. Obviously I wanted to play to get some match play.”

As for the injury itself, the news is positive for fans of the top seed.

“It’s great,” Williams said of the injury. “It was an hour and 43 minutes and I didn’t feel it at all.”