Serena Williams says she is playing even better than last year

By PA Sport

Serena Williams has warned her Australian Open final opponent Angelique Kerber that she is playing even better than last year, when she won three Grand Slam titles.

Williams is yet to drop a set at the first Grand Slam of the season and she enters Saturday’s final as the strong favourite to clinch a seventh Melbourne crown.

The American has been in tremendous form, thrashing Agnieszka Radwanska on Thursday, taking the first set 6-0 in just 20 minutes.

It has been an impressive response from a player who arrived with doubts surrounding her fitness and focus after her shock semi-final exit at last year’s US Open.

Williams, however, has returned as dominant as ever and the 34-year-old believes she is showing even better form now than in 2015.

“I would say this is probably the best slam I’ve played in a year, and I’ve won a lot in a year,” Williams said.

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“I know my practices are better. Hopefully I’m playing better. So I definitely can play more consistent and more mentally stable, so to say.

“Again, I haven’t won this one. But even if I don’t win, I really can take away that I’ve been really consistent, and I want to continue that.”