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Tennis: Serena zips her lip after scorchers follow Melbourne shivers

Published on Jan 11, 2014 12:20 PM
 
Serena Williams of the United States plays a shot during a practice session ahead of the 2014 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on Jan 11, 2014. 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. -- PHOTO: AFP

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 favourite 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 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.

 
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